Free Agency Focus: Prioritizing positions on defense

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Over the next month, the Jets will be busy making adjustments to their roster by way of cuts, and then additions once free agency begins by adding players to this team for 2014.  With  estimations that the Jets will likely have over $40 million to spend (through cuts) the Jets will be set up well to add players at positions of need.

In this post, we rank (from highest to lowest) the priorities for the Jets in bringing in outside free agents at the following positions on defense:


NFL: Cleveland Browns at Green Bay PackersNO. 1: SAFETY
Reasoning:
 The 2012 Jets lost Darrelle Revis for the season, but LaRon Landry’s work as a coverage safety helped cover a multitude of sins. Without Revis in 2013, an injured Antonio Cromartie and a rookie starter, the Jets suffered without that rock-solid back-end presence in coverage. Signing Ed Reed was meant to help stabilize the play of the cornerbacks, but the results weren’t clearly evident until the last few weeks of the season. Reed is a free agent again and the team’s top three safeties are Dawan Landry, Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett; none of which excel in coverage at this point in their career. Since arriving in New York, Rex Ryan has predominantly played with one-high safety but maybe more than any previous year, the Jets employed cover-two often enough to raise the red flag that this secondary (and these safeties in particular) are not strong and have enough range in coverage. With or without Cromartie in 2014, the Jets need to boost their personnel in the secondary and one of the easiest ways to effectively do that this year will be through targeting one of the many coverage safeties in free agency.

Potential Targets: Coverage safeties have been in short supply in the last two to three years in both the draft and free agency, but this year the free agent class looks to be more promising. In addition with names floating as potential cuts like Troy Polamalu and Antrel Rolle the supply might push price down. Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner are the two biggest names that could be available in free agency but Browns safety TJ Ward should see a nice payday. Beyond those three, if the Jets want to get economical, Bernard Pollard, Chris Clemons and Quintin Mikell might fit the bill … as they are good coverage players with varying degress os success against the run. As far as the wizened oldies? Don’t write off players like Charles Woodson and (yes really) Ed Reed, who might be among the biggest short-term bargains at the position.

NO. 2: CORNERBACK
Reasoning: With Milliner being drafted last spring, one of the starting spots is secure. For the next three years the Jets seem to have the slot corner position taken care of between Wilson, Walls and maybe even Aaron Berry. They will coach up future fourth and fifth corners by building depth. What remains in question is that second starter spot and potentially, if they are feeling frisky, that first spot off the bench. Whatever happens with Cromartie in the coming weeks, the Jets must consider their long-term prospects through free agency. The Jets could use the money that they save from Cromartie to ostensibly upgrade the second starter position. Or if they feel confident in Cro, they could bring him back on a deal that doesn’t plan too far down the road and use the savings to find another borderline starter for insurance.

Potential Targets: If the Jets are looking to get the best of the best in replacement of Cromartie, then they might be in the Brent Grimes or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sweepstakes. They might also be interested in Alterraun Verner, if they feel he can more consistently play the physical brand of football Rex Ryan likes. If they are looking to find a player at more of a bargain? Drayton Florence, Corey Graham and Walter Thurmond are players worth consideration while across town the Giants seem to have stumbled almost too late onto the promising Trumaine McBride … would the Jets be able to lure McBride away to help cover speedsters?

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans SaintsNO. 3: EDGE LINEBACKER
Reasoning: Calvin Pace demonstrated how much success a player with a relentless motor could have when paired with the Sons of Anarchy. While both sides might want to bring Pace back in 2014, there is a lack of 3-4 OLBs in the free agent pool that might drive the price up. What seems to make more sense for the Jets is to invest a mid-round pick in an edge-setter / outside rusher who could shine working with such a stellar defensive line. That said, some big names might be cut in the coming weeks … so don’t count out a Jets wine-and-dine like they did with Jason Taylor a few years back.

Potential Targets: If the Jets want to go big? Anthony Spencer might be looking for a one year prove-it deal and his agent would be wise in seeing how he could pad his stats playing with the likes of Wilkerson and Richardson. Regardless, expect the Cowboys to get the first crack at Spencer. Brian Orakpo is already talking contract with Washington so don’t expect Snyder to let him get away. OLBs Parys Haralson from the Saints and Jason Worilds might be more reasonable, but again due to the lack of supply in 2014 the price might rise too high and keep the Jets from overpaying and thus force them to add through the draft or on the eve of camp by picking through the litter.

NO. 4: INTERIOR LINEBACKER
Reasoning: The Jets seem pretty set at this spot for 2014 between David Harris and Demario Davis. The Jets don’t often play backups at ILB, but the team lacks depth at inside linebacker and with the resources available this might be a year to consider finding a player who could come in as a veteran and backup D&D.

Potential Targets: Paris Lenon of the Broncos, Daryl Sharpton of the Texans and Pat Angerer of the Colts are some players who might fit the need and not cost too much in the process. The Jets will need to consider special teams contributions at this spot if they do add veteran talent here.

NO. 5: DEFENSIVE LINE
Reasoning: The Jets might need to bolster some depth at the spot, but for starters, this group is set between Wilkerson, Coples, Richardson, Harrison and Ellis. Leger Douzable fit in nicely in 2013 as a rotational player and the team could consider bringing him back as he seemed to fit right into the group, but we imagine both sides want to see what the market will bear for Douzable first.

Potential Targets: Aside from bringing back a player like Douzable at the right price, there’s a lot of free agents who could fit the Jets needs, look here and here for massive lists that make my head hurt. Douzable was great against the pass and run, but was it Douzable or the work of the group? The point here is that a player need not be great but needs to be competent in their rotational work. For example, DT Antonio Johnson of the Titans would be an interesting choice for the Jets. He’s clearly an interior player and he’s played solid football in limited work with a mediocre unit in Tennessee. A player like Johnson should be easily able to parlay those 2013 results to even more success as a rotational player alongside the Jets monsters.

Agree? Disagree?  Let us know in the comments and rank your own positions and targets!

215 comments
hazard2012
hazard2012

The entire secondary, not just Safety, should be Idzik's primary free agent target.   Byrd, Ward, Whitner, etc. definitely worth a look at Safety, Davis, Verner and Talib, etc. worth same re CB. 


Cro' may not be back, and isn't a shutdown corner even if he re-signs for less $$$.  Hopefully Milliner plays the way he ended season, but he's still a question mark.   Antonio Allen shows potential, but he, like Wilson, may be better suited to situational role rather than an every down player.   


Given these many needs and fact Idzik isn't known for being Mr. T's twin when it comes to throwing money around, expect him to sign one top name and one bargain in the secondary at least, and then add depth via mid-low picks in the draft.    

towlie22
towlie22

Don't know why we let Landry go, His new contract wasn't that bad. 

mustang66
mustang66

I know this is defense, but with the talk of a break out, game-changing player, I'd like to see the Jets trade up in the draft to get Sammy Watkins. Of all the wide receivers and tight ends, he strikes me as the only sure fire gamebreaker

koala
koala

Think we have to chase Dennis Pitta hard in FA. Otherwise we are likely to have to draft a TE in round 1 to get a difference maker for 2014. If we sign Golden Tate, then we can draft someone like Allen Robinson in Rd 1 and then grab a RB (someone like Charles Sims who can catch out of the backfield) and OLB in round 2 and 3. With our other 3rd rounder and 4th rounder I'd love to get someone for the secondary and some linebacker depth, and we can still find another WR with upside in the lower mid rounds particularly if we manage to snag a 4th round complementary pick  for landry 

kniff
kniff

We have enough cap room to retain our best vets, bring in a handful of FAs, and build significantly through the draft (and have  the $ to pay them)

We must learn to separate wants from NEEDS this pre season....

Needs are: Guard

                    WR

                      Safety

                      Cornerback

Wants are:   TE

                       OLB

                       QB

                        (Insert your want here)

If we can get really strong on our needs first, we are definitely in the playoffs, and everything else (including depth) will fall right into place, as we will essentially be strengthening our hand.

The strong hand and ascending trajectory can and should continue into 2015...

a57se
a57se

Right now my DREAM draft for the NY Jets would be as follows:

1. ODB Jr. WR

2. Tre Mason RB

3. Troy Niklas TE

3. Brandon Coleman WR

4. Dakota Dozier OG

4. (Supp) Keith McGill CB

5. Jordan Zumwalt ILB

6. Jalen Saunders OW

6. (Supp) Larry Webster DE/OLB

7. Dustin Vaughan QB

7. (Supp) Jay Prosch FB

Not sure about the supplemental guys so I took a conservative (?) approach there.

I would be the happiest camper in jets land with this haul.

bklyndude
bklyndude

Skill players drafted since 2000:

2013   Geno Smith - 2nd - rd - 39thpick

2012   S.Hill - 2nd rd - 43rdpick                     

2011   B. Powell - 4th rd - 126thpick

2010   J. McKnight - 4th rd - 112thpick

2009   M. Sanchez - 1rs trd - 5thpick

2009   S. Greene - 3rd rd - 65thpick

2008   D. Keller - 1rs trd - 30thpick

2007

2006   K. Clemens - 2nd rd - 49thpick

2006   Brad Smith - 4th rd - 103rdpick

2006   Leon Washington - 4th rd - 117thpick

2005

2004   J. Cotchery - 4th rd - 108thpick

2003

2002   C. Baker - 3rdrd - 88thpick

2001   S. Moss - 1rstrd - 16thpick

2001   Lamont Jordan - 2nd rd - 59thpick

2000   C. Pennington - 1rst rd - 18thpick

2000   L. Coles - 3rd - 78thpick

The Jets have not drafted a dynamic playmaker in a long time. 




Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

There are two scenarios for the jets regarding the secondary

A) Sign Ward/Byrd, Resign Cro

B) keep the safeties from last year including Reed and sign Verner

SackDance99
SackDance99

Since Abraham was dealt, the Jets have not had a true weak side, pass rushing monster.  On this team, with all the talent on the DL and Coples, a true pass rusher at OLB could get in the high teens and change how teams attack the Jets defense.  Do that and then look at safety and corner because a QB can't throw when he's on his back.  I doubt any stud pass rushing OLB becomes available, but I'd rather throw cap money at pass rushing OLB than CB or S.

Brendan
Brendan

@towlie22  $6m/year for a barely above-average safety isn't that great of a value. His brother only had a PFF grade 1.1 points worse than LaRon. LaRon was better in coverage, Dawan was better in the box/against the run. 


LaRon is not worth $6m a year, though. 

JETS_
JETS_

@mustang66 I like Watkins a lot.


If they dont make the jump, i would like for them to draft at 18, and maybe move back up late in the first round.      This draft is going to make a lot more teams than it will break.  There is talent across the board in all rounds this draft.    

a57se
a57se

@kniff  

With Sudfeld and Pantale the only TE's on the roster, I don't see how you can say TE isn't a need?

The same thing with Geno and Simms being the only QB's after we dump Sanchez......

Safety we have Landry, Allen, Jarret, bush and Miles under contract, don't really see much NEED there.....though I would bring back Ed Reed.

OT is a NEED because Howard is a Free Agent.

Place kicker is ALSO a NEED as we don't have one under contract.


rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@a57se  funny watching coleman highlights hes such a big dude...looks like hes playing against high schoolers 

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude  

You left out quite a few guys..and you didn't include guys we traded draft picks for.......

hazard2012
hazard2012

@SackDance99  


The best thing the Jets can do for their young and dynamic front line is rebuild their porous secondary by adding one shutdown corner and one, preferably two safeties via free agency.  


Shoring-up the secondary will buy the Sons of Anarchy another second or two, which is all they'll need to generate a lot more pressures and sacks.   


Then add a young edge rusher to mentor behind and spot Pace, who he'll eventually replace, to bookend Coples, and Jets take that quantum leap into actually being the dominant D Rex has boasted they are since he got here.   


Without addressing the weak secondary, however, Jets could have the Sack Exchange, Fearsome Foursome and the Purple People Eaters and still not get off field on third down.      

mustang66
mustang66

remember I'm pretty sure we got mangold with the pic we got from trading Abraham

juunit
juunit

@SackDance99  

I realize that it's basically guaranteed to not happen. But, I've read rumblings about Ware down in Cowboy land. He's unwilling to take any kind of pay cut, so there is about a 2% chance of him being available. 

But, Jared Allen is also a FA. So I'd say that's the pass rusher from FA if there is one at all.

Beamen321
Beamen321

@SackDance99  I agree to certain extent. Imagine putting Peppers at OLB opposite Coples. Who do you double? Peppers had said he wanted to play OLB in a 3-4 before he went to the Bears. I think it would be a natural fit. 


As for the back end, I think the big problem with the pass defense this year was the play of the Safeties. Allen looks like a big nickel guy to me and its a role that he has excelled in. I think Landry is very limited in what he can do physically and without elite CBs you really need more out of the position. I would like to see Reed back due to his ballhawking ability and how he was improving as he got further removed from his surgeries. 

Brendan
Brendan

@SackDance99  I realize he's a different body type so it's harder to picture....but can't Cople be that guy? 


He finished the year being a terror on the edge, I think the team is happy with him on that side. 

kniff
kniff

@a57se @kniff  I should have said assuming we can sign the FAs that have been with us for while, and would resign at cap friendly rates (like Cumby and Folk for example)


My bad...

a57se
a57se

2000....Pennington QB #18, Becht TE #27,  Coles WR #78, Hayes WR #143

2001....Moss WR #16, Jordan RB #49

2002....Baker TE #88

2003....Askew FB #85, Bollinger QB #200

2004....Cotchery WR #108, Ward RB #235

2005....Houston RB #182, Dreesen TE #198, Williams WR #240

2006....Clemens QB #49, Smith WR #103, Washington RB #117, Pociask TE #150

2007....Stuckey WR #235

2008....Keller TE #30, Ainge QB #162, Henry WR #171

2009....Sanchez QB #5, Greene RB #65

2010....McKnight RB #112, Connor FB #139

2011....Powell RB #126, Kerley WR #153, McElroy QB #208, McKnight WR #227

2012....Hill WR #43, Ganaway RB #202, White WR #244

2013....Smith QB #39, Bohanon FB #215


We also traded draft picks for Thomas Jones RB, Braylon Edwards WR, Santonio Holmes WR........there are probably others over this time frame I have missed.

Here is the complete list

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se

Add in the guys that were drafted that I missed. I was only looking at the top four rounds.

harold
harold

Resign Reed and sign, Verner, Shields, Munnerlyn, Davis, Brown, Thurmond.  We have plenty of options.

Sign Ward, Shields, Munnerlyn, or Brown, ( I think Davis and Verner will get more money so we may not want to go that route)

I think you can take out the other CB's in either scenario for Cro.

Plus a couple Safety options I did not consider.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @SackDance99I just don't see Coples as that guy.  Don't get me wrong, QC is one of my favorite players, but I see him as the 2010s version of Ted Hendricks...just an all-around beast, but not a high sack guy.  He just doesn't have that edge speed gear.  QC, Mo and Boss Hogg could all break 10, but maybe not 20.  An edge guy on the weak side with the Jets' talent could get high teens every year.


Edit...I used to think that QC could be this generation's Charles Haley (without being mental)...I just haven't seen QC have Chuckie's edge speed rushing ability.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Brendan coples is going to have a breakout year next season im truly thinking double digit sacks like anywhere from 12-15...i feel like from the middle of november to the end of the season last year he was a handful for offensive linemen

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@bklyndude This is why with 12 picks we need to take at least two(or 3) WRs, and 2 TEs. Deep in prospects at both spots, and we double our chances of hitting on one.

JETS_
JETS_

@bklyndude @Bytor@a57seSantana Moss was by far the best playmaker on that list.  Shame that guy left.  He was my favorite Jet while on the team, that one punt return against pitt in the playoffs, epic

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se   The point of my post was that a RB that has that dual ability to run and catch, and capable of being a three down back,  would not be over valued if taken in the second round.  

I did it after reading SackDance99 post below.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude  

I'd say Moss would be dynamic as well as Brad Smith, Leon Washington, Joe McKnight and Stephen Hill.

The middle three were all ST's studs.

It is Slim Pickens.....

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude   I would object to "any" of them being referred to as dynamic,  except maybe Leon.

By dynamic I mean somebody the defense is actually afraid can take it to the house on any play and has to game plan around.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@NYCPEinGermany   I only went back to the year 2000 which was Bill Parcells last year.  After that the GM's were Bradway and Tannenbaum.   Hopefully Idzik puts more of an emphasis on finding that dynamic guy that teams fear.   

I was only looking at guys drafted in the first four rounds because to me fifth round thru the seventh are not guys that an organization is making a priority so much as hoping they find a gem.

kniff
kniff

@a57se  2000 seems to be the best draft here, netting two great (at least in my book) Jets... Chad Pennington (who never got a good enough O line and should have been our franchise guy for years) and WR Laveranues Coles...


Btw your point of a less than stellar Jet draft history is well taken, if that was indeed your point LOL...


Thanks once again for going through the trouble to compile the list for our benefit 57!

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@a57se @bklyndude  we traded draft picks for Curtis Martin in 98

Keyshawn drafted in 96 (i believe) - I know you didn't list WR above, just mentioning it because he was a dynamic playmaker that we hit on (less than 30 years ago)


QB & TE especially have been quite pathetic draft picks for a long time (penny being an exception)

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude

It has been 30+ years since we drafted a Pro Bowl RB, TE or QB......that is pretty sad.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude  

Ahhhh....I missed the bottom part the first time through but I would object to several of the guys on your list as being 'dynamic playmakers'!

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @Bytor

Until you see the list in writing, it becomes clear how long we've gone without a true gamebreaker, especially at the RB position.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude

No.

Skill players drafted since 2000:  (at the top)

The Jets have not drafted a dynamic playmaker in a long time. (at the bottom)

a57se
a57se

@Bytor @a57se 

I agree and have stated several times that the Jets have a poor track record of drafting TE's, QB's and RB's especially over the last 30 years.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @a57se 

Did you edit the original? I thought you had said "Skill position players' instead of "Dynamic Playmaker" especially since you have some guys on your list who were certainly NOT Dynamic!


bklyndude
bklyndude

@Bytor @a57se  That was kind of my point. Leon Washington was probably the guy who got Jets fans psyched up the most from this list.

It's something the Jets need to address.

Bytor
Bytor

@a57se  Even with your updated list and adding TJ, BE and SH our track record is really kinda sad you must admit. We've drafted some "nice" players but where's the wow?

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se

The Jets have not drafted a dynamic playmaker in a long time.

Who is the dynamic playmaker that we drafted and I failed to mention ?

Answer:  the Jets have not done a good job drafting dynamic playmakers.

harold
harold

I don't want Cro back and have stated that many times.  But he is an option.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

I don't want Cro back......he is not physical enough for the defense the Jets are building.

Brendan
Brendan

@SackDance99  See, I disagree about the speed thing. Let's use Greg Hardy as Coples' comparison. Coples is slightly bigger and stronger, Hardy is slightly smaller and quicker, but when it comes to the first step, Coples is quicker. His 10-yard split was .04 seconds quicker than Hardy's, so throwing that difference out as negligible, you have a bigger, stronger guy who is just as quick off the line. With Coples it will be all about his ability to turn the corner, but because he's just so big compared to other pass rushers that are as quick as him, he throws LT's off. 


I'll admit, I was really concerned about making him a weakside rusher. I thought he was much better suited to be inside against G's and on the defensive left side against RT's. But he made me believe in him. His length is scary, and his inside move that's set up with his quick step is going to end up being impossible once he perfects it. 


I do wonder what would have happened if Barnes didn't go down for the year, but I think the plan is to always be moving these guys around anyway, but Coples showed me that he has the quickness to play that side thanks to his size/length and that first step that make him a unique challenge for OL. 

harold
harold

johnnyI65:

I have been trying to tell him the same thing about Haley's size but he is insisting so we must relent to SD99' football knowledge.  Not sure why it is all or nothing proposition.

harold
harold

Really?  You need to stop, I have wieghts and programs in my head.  that is why I reference the internet.  You use it to construct poor arguments on occasion.   I watched Haley and doubt if he ever played heavier than 260... wait while checks.  Did not find one.  So not sure what you mean but again, you win!  But remember

Men lie, women lie, numbers don't.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@harold Haley played heavier later in his career when he was exclusively a DL...so, you should also beware of the internet.  I was talking more about build, not just height and weight.  Strahan just looked bulkier and squatty, while Haley and Coples look leaner.  Coples is just one of those guys that when you look at him with his pads off, you just can't believe that he's 280 lbs.  He looks skinnier than LeBron and looks more like a young Charles Haley (even though he weighed 25 lbs less and was an inch shorter), than a young Strahan.  Just my opinion and I know you differ....

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 @harold 

Take a look at Larry Webster from Bloomsburg St., he is 6'7" and 250 lbs......he played Basketball until 2012 when he started playing football. He is raw but might be a nice late round developmental guy at OLB.

harold
harold

Michael Strahan played at 270-275 most of career.   I advised you before about the internet.   But 6-5 275 and 6-6 280 are similar to me.   I know Strahan lost some weight at the end of his career.  But at this point they were very similar

SackDance99
SackDance99

@harold Strahan and Haley were the same height and weight, but their body types were completely different.  Haley was longer and looked leaner, like Coples who in person looks like he's 250 lbs.  Hendricks is from a different era and weighed some 60 lbs. less than Coples, but he was also listed at  6-7, and QC is 6-6.  So, I was comparing their height, wing span and potential all-around ability, rather than a straight physical comparison.  IMO, among Haley, Hendricks and Strahan, the one who most closely resembles QC physically is obviously Haley....it's not even close.

harold
harold

I am talking about similar sizes.  Coples is essentially a Rush player.  Not that much different really.  Strahan will rush 98% of the time.  Coples 90%.   They are both long athletes who did not have elite explosive.  But were good overall athletes with good functional strenght.

They are a much closer phyiscally than either of your previous comparisons.  My attempt was to marry closer body types to show what Coples may be able to do. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@harold Coples looks like he's thin already.  In fact, he could likely add weight and not lose any speed.  I don't like the Strahan comparison...they don't have similar games or play similar positions.  QC, for better or worse, is now an OLB, who on occasion puts his hand in the dirt.  Strahan was a strong side DE who, like Sapp said, benefited from facing RTs and not LTs.

harold
harold

I think if healthly I see Coples more in the Michael Strahan mode if he can refine his body lose another 6-8 lbs and continue to improve his game.

marcus81
marcus81

@NYCPEinGermany Coples would have to be a complete failure to be a bust, don't know what these guys are talking about him doing great, but with this year coming up we'll see if he was worth being the no.1 pick, I personally would try to trade him for Mingo, since Mingo is a real LB pass rusher with talent, although he is still raw

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Kyle Suta  " If he doesn't have 8-10 sacks this year he will be a bust."


wrong

JETS_
JETS_

@Brendan @Kyle Suta Def not a bust.   His second year was promising but that ankle injury in preseason really pushed him back.  Makes sense his second half was strong.   Give this kid another full offseason with MO and Boss Hogg and you wont be able to double team any of them.

a57se
a57se

@rstysanchz @a57se 

I would probably go after Sam Shields....i think he would bring the best combination of Performance, Value and Age of the CB's available. I'd resign Berry, Walls and Lankster as well and take a Chris Davis (Auburn) or Nevin Lawson (Utah St.) late in the draft.


I would take a CB in the third round if there wasn't another position player I really liked....Keith McGill (Utah) is one of the guys I like.

I wouldn't take one of the top guys at 18 unless I really had no other options.

Brendan
Brendan

@Kyle Suta  Dude, he's not a bust. He was one of the best pass rushers in the entire NFL last year from Week 9-on. 

harold
harold

That is why we need to upgrade CB and ILB.  CB's and ILB's with range can jump routes and deflect passes when they have good pass rush.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

 @a57se  who do you like in free agency at cornerback?? or if one of the top cbs in the draft fell to 18 would you be mad the jets picking him 

a57se
a57se

@rstysanchz @a57se 

I agree and with the front seven we currently have, we need corners who can reroute their men at the LOS so QB's have to hold onto the ball a little longer....Those pressures we got would turn into sacks with that kind of CB play.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@a57se since rex has been our hc i feel like our secondary has been great and our d-line wasnt  now we finally have a great d-line but our secondary took a step back...so i would love to see both our d-line and secondary play great at the sametime 

a57se
a57se

@rstysanchz @a57se 

I am 100% in on Coples but if the CB's don't play better, the pass rush still won't have the time to get there.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@a57se we can definately get better at cb...i just think coples is ready have a breakout year

harold
harold

He already was among the league leaders in QB pressures for the second half of the season when he got healthy.  Bust ...Not so much

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

He's had 5.5 and 4.5 sacks. He was injured so he gets a pass for last year. If he doesn't have 8-10 sacks this year he will be a bust.

a57se
a57se

@rstysanchz

Add in Richardson improving his pass rush skills and the Jets will be causing plenty of headaches for opposing offenses. We actually need CB's who will PRESS WR's at the LOS so they don't get free releases to catch the quick timing passes that teams killed us with last season.