Our friends over at NFL.com’s Around the League page have updated the AFC East in their “roster reset” series and while Dan Hanzus says the Patriots were the team who still stands at the top, he did offer some suggestions about how the Jets can continue to improve their roster this offseason.
» Calling all corners: Dee Milliner made strides late in his rookie season, but making him the No. 1 guy now is asking for trouble. Dimitri Patterson has some upside if he can stay on the field, but the Jets could be compelled to use a first-round pick on a cornerback for the third time in five years.
» CJNY: The Jets are in the mix for the services of Chris Johnson. They should do it. Johnson isn’t CJ2K anymore, but he’s a durable option who can slide into a three-down role if the injury-prone Chris Ivory were to miss time.
» More playmakers: If the Jets don’t take another cornerback in the first round, expect them to go wide receiver. This is a loaded draft class, and Idzik would be wise to pair a legit playmaker alongside Decker, who’s closer to a top-notch No. 2 than a true No. 1.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comAs Hanzus points out, the Jets have a real need to make upgrades in both the secondary and at the offensive skill position. Adding Chris Johnson to this team makes sense because it lessens the needs of the team prior the the end of the fourth round. Signing Johnson to a short-term, short-money deal offers virtually no downside if the Jets end up investing in the draft and letting players compete in camp.
Adding a player early for the draft at wide receiver makes a lot of sense and I could envision them using a pick to find receiver that would be considered a complementary piece to Eric Decker. Decker is 6’3″ and while he can get behind a defense some time, he’s more suited to a more physical role. Because they have Decker in-house, the Jets might look hard at a player like Brandin Cooks.
I fully expect the Jets to draft a cornerback before the draft is over, but unless Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard fall to them at 18, they might wait until day three to take a cornerback.