It is no secret that the Jets do not have the greatest offensive recipe. With free agency around the corner the Jets are looking to fix a few holes and hopefully get back to that magical 2015 season and beyond. There are a number of areas that need to be fixed. Some of it has to do with re-signing and other has to do releasing players and picking some up in free agency.
Some positions that need to be address are center, wide receiver, outside tackle, and outside guard. The last one may be a stretch, but the pocket protection dwindled as 2017 went on. There needs to be another Nick Mangold, aka a leader. He lead the Jets on the offensive front when there was no solid QB under center.
The tight end position was not added because the situation is unknown. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a record year and the Jets are looking to re-sign. However, if another team is looking to steal him out from under Gang Green, then the jets will have to reevaluate the position. Until then, here are a few positions and possible free agent pickups for the Jets:
Center: Ryan Jensen; Russell Bodine
Since the Wesley Johnson project failed mightily, the Jets need to look into another center. Ryan Jensen could be the answer. He is young and shows Max Unger potential which is saying a lot since he is only three years in the league.
The other candidate is Russell Bodine and he is a very strong choice. Same as Jensen, Bodine is only four years in the league, very tough and proven. This could help the Jets offensive line that needs it’s anchor back.
Critical decisions await at the pivot.
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Wide Receiver: Allen Robinson; Paul Richardson
The interesting thing here is the Jets have a solid WR core, but due to some legal issues with Robby Anderson, things could shake things up. The Jets’ receiver is struggling off the field with yet another arrest to his name. With some quality players in free agency, the Jets can grab anyone but these three would be best.
Allen Robinson is one of the better choices. The former Jaguar is being pushed out and a injury-plagued history, he could go cheap. However, he could make some serious impact as a speedy, dynamic playmaker.
Another candidate is Paul Richardson, a Seahawk in 2017. Since coming out from under Doug Baldwin‘s shadow, Jermaine Kearse posted recorded numbers and can continue to grow into that role. Richardson can do the same. Since posting record numbers after Kearse’s departure, Richardson is young and could look for a change of scenery. Jets QB, ex-Seahawks WRs. Love the combo.
Outside Tackle: Nate Solder; Cameron Fleming
Okay, let’s be clear. These picks are best fit, not about dismantling another team. That being said, the Jets need someone to actually protect the quarterback’s blind side and Nate Solder can do just that.
What can you say that will not already convenience you about the man who protected Tom Brady for multiple years? Ultimately, it has lead to quite a few Super Bowl victories. You do not let a man like that go but should he be let go, the Jets better break their piggy bank to acquire the left tackle.
The other Patriot the Jets could target is Cameron Fleming. Like Solder, it’s hard not see the worth in a Super Bowl champion that has defended Brady through it all.
Outside Guard: Andrew Norwell; Justin Pugh
Andrew Norwell is young, strong, experienced and most importantly… a free agent. The soon to be ex-Panther is young and fits in with Maccagnan’s idea for the Jets. To go in, he can add Norwell to solidify the line and hold the pocket better. With Norwell on the Jets’ side, he can help them get to the playoffs once again.
The other guard the Jets should take a look at is Justin Pugh, the other New Yorker. Pugh is working with the Giants on a new deal for himself, but it’s no question that the vet can help with the outside. Not to mention that he can stop the rush on the QB. Should the Giants fail to get a deal with Pugh inked, and assuming he likes New York, the Jets can slide in and see if they can’t strike a deal.