Over at ProFootballFocus, they’re going team-by-team and looking at needs. For the Jets, they identify the main holes as wide receiver, safety and offensive line and suggest possible solutions at each position.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comIn the past few years, this series has brought up a couple of names that nobody was really linking the Jets with, only for the Jets to actually end up targeting that player. In 2013, they suggested Victor Butler, who they Jets did target before he eventually joined the Saints. Back in 2011, PFF suggested the Jets should target Antwan Barnes, who they did end up signing last year after losing out on Butler. However, they had also targeted him in 2011. This suggests the names they come up with this year could be well worth considering.
Most of their suggestions, which you can read in the above link, are names which we’ve been kicking around over the last few weeks anyway. However, there is one outside-the-box suggestion:
The Jets have the cap space to sign [Jairus] Byrd but one year after trading Darrelle Revis instead of making him the best paid cornerback they may avoid this situation as the Bills’ safety is looking to be the best paid safety. On the other hand, [Chris] Clemons doesn’t have the recognition of Byrd but offers great value in pass coverage. He ranked ninth in pass coverage (+7.2) this season and first in Yards Per Cover Snap at 0.20.
In light of speculation that Jairus Byrd turned down a deal with the Bills that would have paid him $30 million over the first three seasons, perhaps it does make sense for those of you expecting the team to throw money at the safety position to re-calibrate your spending plans. In that regard, viable suggestions like Clemons are appreciated.
The 28-year-old Clemons has been with the Dolphins for five years since being drafted by them in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He recorded 93 tackles and one interception in 2013. While I would caution that the yards per cover snap metric mentioned above could be misleading when compared to other safeties because Clemons was usually employed in a deep center field role rather than in direct coverage, he does have good range and is reliable as a last line of defense.