The New York Jets haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010. What are the biggest offseason concerns the team must address over the next few months?
This past season, there were those who felt that the New York Jets would be lucky to win a game. Following a 0-2 start which saw the club pushed around by the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, you could understand how some could believe that may happen.
Then Todd Bowles’ club reeled off three straight wins. And while the club would finish with a 5-11 record for the second consecutive year, the Green and White opened some eyes with their savvy play. The club did drop its final four games and has now failed to reach the playoffs each of the past seven seasons. But could this club be in better shape than many felt?
In any case, here are five issues that Bowles, general manager Mike Maccagnan and the organization may want to address this offseason.
5. Solidify offensive line
Todd Bowles’ team could use some additional talent up front. The left side of the line features tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter. Both performers started 16 games this past year. And center Wesley Johnson was in the opening lineup for all but one contest. On the other side, right guard Brian Winters started 13 games but finished the season on injured reserve. Second-year pro Brandon Shell, a fifth-round pick in 2016, played in a dozen contests.
Johnson is slated for free agency, as is fellow center Jonotthan Harrison. Reserve guard Dakota Dozier, a four-year pro, could also test the open market should the Jets not re-sign him. New York fell from 12th in the NFL in rushing the previous year to 19th in ’17. Both Beachum and Shell received subpar run-blocking grades from Pro Football Focus. And the Jets surrendered a total of 47 sacks in 16 games. It’s an area that must be addressed one way or another.