General manager Joe Douglas is settling into his role with the New York Jets. New York entered the offseason with a plan to surround young quarterback Sam Darnold with offensive talent. The roster has remaining needs on the defensive side of the ball but the offense has taken a dramatic step forward.
For the purpose of this depth chart projection, we will be projecting up to the top four at any given position. The Jets will carry 90 players on the roster until forced to settle on the 53-man roster.
Rookies will be denoted with a (*).
|QB||Sam Darnold||Joe Flacco||David Fales||James Morgan*|
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Lamical Perine*||Frank Gore||Kenneth Dixon|
|LWR||Breshad Perriman||Josh Doctson||Lawrence Cager*|
|RWR||Denzel Mims*||Josh Malone||Jehu Chesson||George Campbell*|
|SWR||Jamison Crowder||Braxton Berrios||Vyncint Smith|
|TE||Chris Herndon||Ryan Griffin||Daniel Brown||Ross Travis|
|LT||Mekhi Becton||George Fant|| |
|LG||Alex Lewis||Conor McDermott|| |
|RG||Brian Winters||Greg Van Roten|| || |
|RT||Chuma Edoga||Cameron Clark*||Jared Hilbers*|| |
Sam Darnold is a great young quarterback but he has yet to find consistency. Outside of the coaching changes he has faced, Darnold suffered a setback in 2019 with a mono diagnosis. He should be active and healthy entering an important third season. If he is able to get on the same page with his receivers during a shortened, unconventional offseason then fans should finally witness the levels of talent that teams saw in him as a draft prospect.
Le'Veon Bell's career in New York is likely short-lived after a lack of public support from the coaching staff. The team drafted his potential replacement in the form of Lamical Perine. Perine is a good runner with the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. The Jets are the latest stop on Frank Gore's league-wide tour as well. There are options in the northeast.
After losing Robby Anderson to Carolina, the AFC East club signed Breshad Perriman and drafted Denzel Mims. Jamison Crowder is coming off his best season in the NFL. The foundation is built on potential, which will likely lead to a boom or bust season from Darnold's pass-catching core. Chris Herndon was lost for four games last season due to a substance-abuse violation and later battled injuries. When healthy, he is a dynamic threat on offense.
New York followed a similar model deployed by AFC East counterpart Buffalo last offseason when they aggressively addressed the offensive line. They filled each starting role and let the cards fall as they may during the 2020 NFL Draft. Their patience led to the selection of Louisville's Mekhi Becton at No. 11 overall. Connor McGovern and George Fant were signed as potential starters and/or functional depth. Greg Van Roten is another veteran that will compete at a variety of spots, including at right guard with Brian Winters. Chuma Edoga exceeded expectations for his play on the edge.
|DE||Henry Anderson||Nathan Shepherd|
|NT||Steve McLendon||Folo Fatukasi|
|DE||Quinnen Williams||Jabari Zuniga*||Kyle Phillips|
|LB||Harvey Langhi||Tarell Basham|| |
|LB||C.J. Mosley||Patrick Onwuasor||James Burgess|
|LB||Avery Williamson||Blake Cashman||B.J. Bello|
|LB||Jordan Jenkins||Bryce Huff*|
|LCB||Pierre Desir||Nate Hairston||Blessuan Austin|
|RCB||Arthur Maulet||Bryce Hall*||Lamar Jackson*|
|SCB||Quincy Wilson||Brian Poole||Shyheim Carter*|
|FS||Marcus Maye||Ashtyn Davis*|| |
|SS||Jamal Adams||Matthias Farley|
Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon and Folo Fatukasi supply a lot of beef up front in Gregg Williams' defense. They should be stout against the run but there are continued concerns regarding their pass rush. Jabari Zuniga was drafted with an unclear role. He is a little light on the back end to be a down edge rusher but his experience as a stand up outside linebacker is also lacking.
Jordan Jenkins recorded eight sacks last season but Harvey Langhi, Tarell Basham and Zuniga are an odd assortment to provide them some variety. The Jets have great depth at inside linebacker with C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson returning from injury. Patrick Onwuasor is an underrated defender while Blake Cashman also has some intriguing developmental qualities. Bryce Huff is a unique talent that reminds of the Eagles' Genard Avery; a limited, but gifted pass rusher.
The cornerback unit is a big area of weakness. The crown jewel, Pierre Desir, is a cast-off of the Colts. Bryce Hall was evaluated as a potential first-round selection before his injury. Lamar Jackson, Shyheim Carter and Javelin Guidry all had traits that make them worthwhile developmental players. Quincy Wilson, Brian Poole and Arthur Maulet all factor into the equation. New York is still attempting to recover from the loss of Trumaine Johnson.
Safety is the most exciting position on the roster. Jamal Adams is an All-Pro caliber player but trade rumors persist. Marcus Maye has been a solid contributor since arriving in 2017. Ashtyn Davis is a Pac-12 track star that possesses a high football IQ. He should eventually take over one of these starting safety roles.
|K||Sam Ficken||Brett Maher|
|P||Braden Mann*|| |
|LS||Thomas Hennessy|| |
|PR||Braxton Berrios||Jamison Crowder|
The Jets will engage in a kicking competition this offseason between Ficken and Maher. Maher has bounced around the league since 2013 and was brought in to compete with Ficken. Mann is a rookie taking on a starter's role in New York. There are no other punters on the roster.
Berrios and Crowder bring different strengths to the return game.