Assessing the 2021 New York Jets Offseason

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The New York Jets Offseason began with a hunt for their next head coach. This candidate needed to have quality leadership skills. The team did an extensive search. In the end, they got their guy. Robert Saleh was the top candidate they interviewed.

Saleh brings a great defensive mind and scheme. Most importantly, he brings leadership ability. Saleh has a rare way of motivating his players to get them to play their best. The Jets might have finally got their long-term head coach.

In terms of keeping their own unrestricted free agents, Marcus Maye was the one that had to be retained. Coming off his best year, a season in which he played great football general manager Joe Douglas made the right move in putting the franchise tag on Maye. This ensures that Maye will be a Jet in 2021. Hopefully, a multi-year extension is agreed to between the Jets and Maye. The deadline to reach a contract is July 15.

New York Jets Offseason | Free Agency

The Jets had a lot of cap space and were active in free agency. The two big-time additions were Carl Lawson and Corey Davis. Both players are young, coming off their best year, and should be entering their prime.

The Jets have lacked a dominant edge rusher for too long. Lawson has great speed and bend on the edge. He has Jets fans excited. Davis is a big-bodied receiver who will help the Jets passing attack over the middle of the field. He is also a willing blocker. Lawson and Davis should help the Jets in a big way for many years.

Sheldon Rankins was signed, he will help the Jets’ already loaded defensive line. Lamarcus Joyner was an intriguing sign. Joyner played at his best with the Rams as a safety. He will be back at safety this season. It would be great if he bounced back and helped this defense.

Linebacker Jarrad Davis was the first player the Jets signed. Davis brings needed speed for the Jets linebacker group. Defensive end Vinny Curry was added. Curry will help the locker room and can still help as a pass rusher.

New York Jets offseason
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MAY 22: Members of the New York Jets football team including Zach Wilson (L) attend the New York Islanders game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on May 22, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Special teams ace Justin Hardee was acquired on a three-year deal. Like Curry, Hardee is a great locker room presence who will be expected to help the Jets improve the culture.

The Jets signed Tevin Coleman who has played most of his career in the new scheme the Jets will be implementing. Coleman has great speed and will help all the youth the Jets currently have at running back. Keelan Cole was added, he brings experience and depth at wide receiver.

Veteran tight end Tyler Kroft was added by the Jets in free agency. Kroft is a good blocker, he should help the Jets run their outside zone schemes efficiently. Dan Feeney was signed and will add depth up front to the offensive line.

New York Jets Offseason | Draft

With the second overall selection in the draft, the Jets picked exciting quarterback prospect Zach Wilson. Wilson has the accuracy, arm strength, and mobility to be a franchise quarterback. He can throw the football from different arm angles and is capable of making out-of-structure throws.

A big trade was made when the Jets moved up to the fourteenth overall pick in the draft to take offensive linemen Alijah Vera-Tucker. Tucker has had great production as a pass blocker. He also has the athletic ability to fit in the zone running scheme the Jets will be running.

Early in the second round, the Jets drafted wide receiver, Elijah Moore. Moore is a young and exciting prospect. He is a complete receiver with his hands, route running, and speed. He can win from the slot and downfield as a deep threat.

The first of seven day-three selections for the Jets was running back, Michael Carter. Carter is a perfect fit for the zone running scheme offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur will be implementing. Carter is also a great receiving back.

New York Jets offseason
CLEVELAND, OHIO – APRIL 29: Zach Wilson stands onstage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being drafted second by the New York Jets during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Later on in day three, three defensive backs were drafted by the Jets. Two of those three are Jason Pinnock and Brandin Echols. They will both have the chance to start at cornerback early. The other defensive back is Michael Carter II. Carter II has great speed and versatility. He can likely play in the slot cornerback position or at free safety for the Jets.

Two linebackers converting from safety were also added by the Jets. Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen will be adjusting together. Sherwood seems likely to play the will linebacker position. Nasirildeen brings great size and talent. He fell in the draft due to injury concerns.

The last draft pick the Jets made was defensive tackle, Jonathan Marshall. Marshall has exceptional athletic ability. He will not be expected to contribute early thanks to the talented and deep front the Jets have on defense. This could help Marshall grow as a player where he needs to early on.

New York Jets Offseason | Overview

In conclusion, assessing this offseason for the Jets leads to excitement. Ideally, most of the free-agent signings help this year. Hopefully, a few of the free agents added can remain with the Jets beyond 2021. There is a great reason for optimism with the draft class. Potential is there for the class to help the Jets for the years to come. The Douglas-Saleh combination appears to be off to a great start; let’s just hope they can put a winning product on the field going forward.

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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 11: Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the NFC Divisional Round Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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