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4 biggest issues remaining on Jets' 2023 roster


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Connor Hughes - Mon, June 12, 2023 

The Jets are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Generally, there aren’t many holes on a roster when you’re a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and this team is no exception.Loaded might be a bit strong, but the Jets look to be in great shape this coming season. Still, there are a few questions and concerns with this team — mostly as it pertains to depth.

What are they?

Let’s break it down.

1. Protecting Aaron Rodgers

The Jets starting offensive line right now is Duane Brown, Laken Tomlinson, Connor McGovern, Alijah Vera-Tucker and a combination of Max Mitchell/Mekhi Becton. That unit, if healthy, is above average. Add in Rodgers’ ability to make adjustments at the line and move within the pocket, and you have a group that can be quite good.The only issue up front centers around the injury bug that always seems to take a bite out of New York. Joe Tippmann, whom the Jets selected in this year’s draft, is a legitimate option behind McGovern. There’s just not much there at the other positions, specifically offensive tackle.Brown is 37 and showed signs of breaking down last year. Becton hasn’t been healthy for any extended period during his first three seasons. Vera-Tucker is coming off a season that ended on the injured reserve. Eric Smith and Billy Turner are the next men up at tackle (rookie Carter Warren is a developmental project). Wes Schweitzer, Chris Glaser, Trystan Colon and Brent Laing are the roster options on the interior. That’s alarming.

2. The safety situation

The Jets let Lamarcus Joyner walk in free agency. That was the right call. He was dreadful last year (57.0 ProFootballFocus grade). The problem is that Jordan Whitehead, who wasn’t much better with a 66.1 PFF grade, returns and the Jets didn’t exactly find a great replacement for Joyner.Chuck Clark is written in as the starter right now. He had 101 tackles and four passes defended for the Ravens last year, but analytically graded out with a 66.0 mark. He’s more of a box safety than rangy, which is similar to Whitehead. The only other roster options are Ashtyn Davis and rookies Tony Adams, Trey Dean, and Marquis Waters.The Jets drafted Jarrick Bernard-Converse in the sixth round. He played corner in college but figured to transition to safety in the NFL. It’s hard to imagine he sees the field until 2024 or 2025, though.

3. Is there enough at linebacker?

The Jets are still talking to Kwon Alexander, who played in all 17 games last year (his first full season since 2016). Re-signing him would return all three of their starting linebackers from a year ago (Quincy Williams, C.J. Mosley). The concerns here are much like the offensive line. The group is fine if they stay healthy. Things look much, much different if they do not.Behind Mosley and Williams are a group of players with very little experience. Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jamien Sherwood are converted safeties who haven’t seen much game action. Then there’s Maalik Hall, Zaire Barnes, Chazz Surratt and Claudin Cherelus.The Jets had the luxury the last two years of letting young players play so they could get some experience. That’s not the case in 2023. The Jets are a win-now team. They need players who can help them win now. It’s hard to imagine any from that group filling in for the starters and keeping things steady.

4. The No. 2 quarterback

The Jets organization is still on cloud nine after acquiring Rodgers. Understandably so, right? You went from quarterback purgatory to being able to call one of the five most talented to ever walk the earth your own.It would be silly to ignore the fact Rodgers is 39, though. While he played in every game last year, he suffered a thumb injury early on that plagued him throughout. That’s not a huge sign of a body breaking down, but you’d like to have some contingency plans in place if the four-time MVP needs to miss some time. The Jets, right now, don’t.

The Jets can say whatever they want publicly. Zach Wilson’s tenure with the team ended when they made the decision to pursue a veteran. If they didn’t get Rodgers, then they were going after Derek Carr (Saints) or Jimmy Garoppolo (Raiders). The Jets expect three years out of Rodgers. Those other two would have given them five-plus. Are you really making runs at those guys while still believing Wilson is going to be your franchise quarterback? No.And there’s a reason for that. Wilson’s on-field struggles were a Sunday torture session for Jets fans, but teammates and the coaching staff saw the same issues every day in practice. It’s hard to imagine they’re all fixed right now. If something happens to Rodgers, Wilson is the one in and tasked with saving the Jets in a win-now year. The odds of that happening seem slim.

 >>  https://www.yahoo.com/sports/4-biggest-issues-remaining-jets-131639390.html

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21 minutes ago, jgb said:

“4. The No. 2 quarterback“

Love you, Connor.

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55 minutes ago, jtomm said:
Wilson’s on-field struggles were a Sunday torture session for Jets fans, but teammates and the coaching staff saw the same issues every day in practice. It’s hard to imagine they’re all fixed right now. If something happens to Rodgers, Wilson is the one in and tasked with saving the Jets in a win-now year. The odds of that happening seem slim.

 

Hughes is such a hater.  Isn't he aware that stupid LaFleur is gone now and as a result Zach is going to flourish?

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2 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

 

Hughes is such a hater.  Isn't he aware that stupid LaFleur is gone now and as a result Zach is going to flourish?

Apparently he never heard of Rich Gannon. Millennial turd.

Oh and nice flower pun.

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Printed before Amos but w/ Clark going down, probably still on the list.

I think the OL is going to be very good.  They're a deep veteran led group w/ some high end talent.  And w/ Aaron Rodgers ability to see the D and make the appropriate adjustments at the LOS while getting the ball out on time and not putting the OL in absolutely terrible situation w/ garbage drop backs, will be a world of difference.

They have to bring Kwon back, I feel that is a must.

 

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Just now, JiF said:

Printed before Amos but w/ Clark going down, probably still on the list.

Hughes was too busy trying to find a house in his price range to report on the Clark injury, and it was picked up by The Athletic instead.

Worthless beat writer being worthless.  

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1 minute ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Hughes was too busy trying to find a house in his price range to report on the Clark injury, and it was picked up by The Athletic instead.

Worthless beat writer being worthless.  

He better not list the address when he does find a place. Zach stans gonna be all

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IMO the oline is going to be fine barring injury. They can probably tolerate one multi game injury to a starter. The biggest issue is getting all of the oline on the field at the same time.  The safety position can’t be much worse than it was last season. Clark was deemed an upgrade to Joyner but now he’s out so the position re.it’s on Amos and adams.  Line backer is basically the same although Kwon was able to give them some relief last season. Maybe Sherwood will come around. No2 qb a problem? I don’t think so. Most of the nfl back ups have little experience or have won many games. Like it or not, Zach was qb for five of the jets wins last season.  He showed a lot of good and a lot of bad.  Unless the rest of the offense falls apart I think Zach can easily win games if he has to relieve Rodgers.

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1 hour ago, rangerous said:

IMO the oline is going to be fine barring injury. They can probably tolerate one multi game injury to a starter. The biggest issue is getting all of the oline on the field at the same time.  The safety position can’t be much worse than it was last season. Clark was deemed an upgrade to Joyner but now he’s out so the position re.it’s on Amos and adams.  Line backer is basically the same although Kwon was able to give them some relief last season. Maybe Sherwood will come around. No2 qb a problem? I don’t think so. Most of the nfl back ups have little experience or have won many games. Like it or not, Zach was qb for five of the jets wins last season.  He showed a lot of good and a lot of bad.  Unless the rest of the offense falls apart I think Zach can easily win games if he has to relieve Rodgers.

Strong start, awful finish. 2 stars.

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18 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Of course you're OK with 1-2!

 

"Half year?  Fine, whatever.  I'm cool with it." 

*** Long drag ***

That’s the first time I’ve seen three years mentioned. Did I miss something? 

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1 hour ago, jgb said:

I’ll take it

Carson Wentz working with ex-NFL head coach Jon Gruden as he remains a free agent, per report

Wentz was released by the Commanders this offseason - By Tyler Sullivan

 

Carson Wentz is still a man without a team. As teams wrap up mandatory minicamp and head into the summer break before training camp, the veteran quarterback remains on the free agent market. Nevertheless, Wentz wants and intends to play this coming season, per ESPN, and has been keeping fresh by spending time in Tampa working with former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Wentz has reportedly been throwing and studying film with Gruden as he waits for his next opportunity. 

Last month, a report noted that Wentz would be open to a backup role. That same report highlighted that the veteran was in no rush to sign with a team, despite receiving some interest. Instead, he planned to wait to see what develops, which seems like it could continue into training camp considering teams will largely be off for the next month.Wentz was released by the Commanders after a disappointing lone season with the organization after being acquired in a trade from Indianapolis. Wentz played eight games for Washington and the club went 2-5 in his seven starts. He missed substantial time due to a finger injury he suffered in Week 6. Upon coming back and retaining a start in Week 17 -- a game where he threw three interceptions -- Wentz was benched for the regular-season finale. 

Carson Wentz
WAS • QB • #11
CMP%62.3
YDS1755
TD11
INT9
YD/ATT6.36

Before his stint with the Commanders, Wentz was with the Colts for the 2021 season where he produced lackluster results, including a Week 18 loss to the Jaguars that ousted Indy from playoff contention and ultimately sparked the end of his short tenure with the franchise. Wentz initially entered the league as the No. 2 overall pick of the Philadelphia Eagles and was in MVP conversations in 2017 before suffering a torn ACL in Week 14. That season, backup Nick Foles would lead the organization to its first-ever Super Bowl title while Wentz was on injured reserve. 

For his career, Wentz is 46-45-1 as a starter and has completed 62.6% of his passes, and has an 89.3 passer rating. 

As for Gruden, who resigned as the Raiders head coach in 2021 after insensitive emails he sent were uncovered during a league investigation into the then-Washington Football Team's workplace misconduct allegations, has been busy this offseason. On top of working alongside Wentz, Gruden reportedly spent time in New Orleans helping his former quarterback, Derek Carr, transition to the Saints offense. 

 >>  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/carson-wentz-working-with-ex-nfl-head-coach-jon-gruden-as-he-remains-a-free-agent-per-report/

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55 minutes ago, jtomm said:

Carson Wentz working with ex-NFL head coach Jon Gruden as he remains a free agent, per report

Wentz was released by the Commanders this offseason - By Tyler Sullivan

 

Carson Wentz is still a man without a team. As teams wrap up mandatory minicamp and head into the summer break before training camp, the veteran quarterback remains on the free agent market. Nevertheless, Wentz wants and intends to play this coming season, per ESPN, and has been keeping fresh by spending time in Tampa working with former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Wentz has reportedly been throwing and studying film with Gruden as he waits for his next opportunity. 

Last month, a report noted that Wentz would be open to a backup role. That same report highlighted that the veteran was in no rush to sign with a team, despite receiving some interest. Instead, he planned to wait to see what develops, which seems like it could continue into training camp considering teams will largely be off for the next month.Wentz was released by the Commanders after a disappointing lone season with the organization after being acquired in a trade from Indianapolis. Wentz played eight games for Washington and the club went 2-5 in his seven starts. He missed substantial time due to a finger injury he suffered in Week 6. Upon coming back and retaining a start in Week 17 -- a game where he threw three interceptions -- Wentz was benched for the regular-season finale. 

Carson Wentz
WAS • QB • #11
CMP%62.3
YDS1755
TD11
INT9
YD/ATT6.36

Before his stint with the Commanders, Wentz was with the Colts for the 2021 season where he produced lackluster results, including a Week 18 loss to the Jaguars that ousted Indy from playoff contention and ultimately sparked the end of his short tenure with the franchise. Wentz initially entered the league as the No. 2 overall pick of the Philadelphia Eagles and was in MVP conversations in 2017 before suffering a torn ACL in Week 14. That season, backup Nick Foles would lead the organization to its first-ever Super Bowl title while Wentz was on injured reserve. 

For his career, Wentz is 46-45-1 as a starter and has completed 62.6% of his passes, and has an 89.3 passer rating. 

As for Gruden, who resigned as the Raiders head coach in 2021 after insensitive emails he sent were uncovered during a league investigation into the then-Washington Football Team's workplace misconduct allegations, has been busy this offseason. On top of working alongside Wentz, Gruden reportedly spent time in New Orleans helping his former quarterback, Derek Carr, transition to the Saints offense. 

 >>  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/carson-wentz-working-with-ex-nfl-head-coach-jon-gruden-as-he-remains-a-free-agent-per-report/

Wentz is infinitely better than that whose name shall not be uttered.

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Safety and LB are real concerns.

They should re-sign Kwon.  I'm not convinced Sherwood can handle it.

They can be top-5-ish in yardage allowed and other metrics, but the bottom line is championship defenses take the ball away, and the Jets don't seem to really care about that.

Saleh has acknowledged the need for more takeaways but as with most things that come out of his mouth, there is little action to back it up.

Signing 100 box safeties (and trying to convert college safeties to LB) while making no effort to add legit centerfielder / ball hawk is sub-optimal.

The Jets have been getting burned in the middle of the field by shifty slots and out of the backfield (e.g. wheel routes, screen passes that go for 100 yards on 3rd 20, etc.) for as long as I can remember.

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