Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Joe Douglas is entering a massive offseason with the flexibility to find the talent the Jets desperately need.

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Joe Douglas knows the current state of the Jets is inadequate and said on Monday that the goal is to play meaningful games in 2022 after the end of 2021 with a score of 4-13.

While GM has been pleased with the growth of a very young roster, it is far from satisfied with the Jets’ performance over the past two years.

“Four victories are not enough. Six victories in two years. It’s not enough, ”Douglas said. “We have to be better in the division. We have to win divisional matches. We have a lot of work to do to move forward. We need to get better at everything. ”

Douglas is right: The Jets have lost 12 straight games in the division.

Gang Green needs an influx of talent, and Douglas needs to add it.

“As for me, I have to do my job better. This will be my third offseason, ”said Douglas. “I have to make better decisions in the future and help Coach Saleh put this team in a better position to win games.”

It all starts with adding talent to Zach Wilson, who had a disappointing rookie season as he finished at the bottom of all major statistics categories.

Wilson was 30th or 31st in yards, touchdowns, passing ratings and QBRs and completed 55% of his passes, the worst in the league. He had the sixth most steals in the league with 11, but has cut losses: none in his last five starts.

In all fairness, it should be noted that many injuries in the Jets-receiving corps were contributing to production by the end of the year.

Douglas’ faith in Wilson did not waver.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth from Zach this year. I think it’s hard to be a rookie quarterback in this league, ”Douglas said. “I think the progress you saw Zach did after he came back from injury … on top of that, he was not always able to play with his starting players, at all skill points on wide receiver, tight end, running back. But to improve, to keep the team in the fight at the end of these games, there is a little shortage of personnel. And on top of that, take care of football. I think it was all very impressive in the last half of the season. Therefore, I am very confident in its development. ”

Elijah Moore missed six games with a four-limb injury and concussion. Corey Davis missed eight games with a hip injury and then a core injury that ended his season. Jamison Crowder missed five due to an injury to his shin, groin and COVID-19. And Crowder went to the final of the first half of the season with the same shin injury. Keelan Cole missed three due to a knee injury and COVID-19.

Braxton Berrios and Cole were the only hosts to play most of the season.

Wilson played with his top three playing options (Davis, Moore and Crowder) in only two games (against the Eagles and the Falcons). And in the game against the Eagles, Wilson made three landings.

With the exception of Mecha Beckton’s injury, the offensive line was relatively healthy until the last two weeks, when Connor McGovern and George Funt missed two games. Tyler Croft, the number one tight end in the Jets, has played just nine games.

On the other side of the ball, the Jets’ defense finished 32nd in total yards, 29th in running defense, 30th in pass defense and 32nd in scoring defense.

Most of the defensive problems stemmed from the mass of injuries and the Jets’ lack of talent. Marcus May, Carl Lawson and Lamarcus Joyner were injured at the end of the season, damaging the division.

The line of defense lost only 21 bags in a year; he was also not strong enough against flight.

CJ Mosley played well on his comeback, but the rest of the group was below average. The Jets did find a rough diamond with Quincy Williams, who finished second in tackles (107) after joining the Jets at the end of training camp after being cut by Jacksonville. The signing of Jarrad Davis was a whiff. The experiment of going from college to Hamsa Nasirildin and Jamien Sherwood failed and Sherwood tore his Achilles.

After injuries to Joyner and May in the safety zone, Sharrod Nisman, Ashtin Davis, Elijah Riley, Will Parks, Adrian Colbert and Sheldrick Redwin received playing time.

The full-back group had bright spots with Michael Carter, Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols and Javelin Guidry.

Overall, defense just needs more talent.

The Jets have $ 60,904,328 in free space, as well as nine picks in the first five rounds of the 2022 draft. And they have two picks in the top 40 draft, and two sit in the top 10 of the first round.

So the Jets have the capital to dramatically improve the squad.

In terms of draft picks, Douglas hinted that the Jets could use them to acquire players through trade.

“I think with the position we put ourselves in, we have a lot of flexibility,” Douglas said. “We have a lot of flexibility to really use these assets in different ways … I think we will always be aggressive when the opportunity presents itself, and so it’s good that I think moving forward we can be in just about any situation. discussion when it comes to player swaps. ”

Given the number of assets, Douglas knows the Jets must fight to make the playoffs in 2022.

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