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Justin Rochat
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Team Needs:

OT, IOL, EDGE, RB, CB, WR

Available Draft Picks:

1(10) via DEN, 2(41) via DEN, 3(68), 3(93), 4(98), 4(107) via DEN, 4(127) via LAR, 5(129)

Starting Cap Space:

$95,076,607

Trades:

NYJ receives 1(10), 2(41), 4(41) and a 2020 3rd
DEN receives 1(3) and 2020 7th round pick

NYJ receives 4(127)
LAR receives LB Jordan Jenkins

Restructures:

None

Cuts:

RB Isaiah Crowell to save $2,000,000

With a running back class has enough backs for all kinds of scheme fits, Crowell becomes dispensable. Although already having plenty of cap space, this frees up more room for free agency and post-draft signings.

Re-signings:

WR Robby Anderson for 1 year, $4,429,000 (First round tender)

WR Andre Roberts for 2 years, $5,000,000

K Jason Myers for 3 years, $10,000,000

DT Steve McLendon for 1 year, $5,000,000

EDGE Brandon Copeland for 2 years, $4,000,000

The priority here is veteran leadership in Steve McLendon, who can still play at a starting caliber level. Gregg Williams needs all the bodies he can get on this defensive line for his 4-3 scheme he’s implementing with NYJ. Bringing back the next 4 guys is another key piece to this offseason. Robby Anderson has been productive for about as long as he’s been in the NFL and although he’s been through his fair of off-field issues, he’s well worth the first round tender here. Andre Roberts brought the Jets a dynamic return man they’ve been lacking since Leon Washington and Brad Smith. Jason Myers, who wasn’t brought in until 18 days before week one of the 2018 season, had the best season of his career making 33 of 36 field goals totaling a 91.7 FG percentage. His 2018 season brought him his first Pro Bowl selection. Brandon Copeland impressed many with his play this year. Racking up career highs in tackles (35) and sacks (5). Copeland was a key part in Brant Boyer’s special teams and I’m sure he’d like him back in the fold.  

Free Agent Signings:

RB Le’Veon Bell for 4 years, $60,000,000

DE Trey Flowers for 5 years, $77,000,000

C Mitch Morse for 4 years, $42,000,000

LB Shaquil Barrett for 4 years, $30,000,000

CB Bradley Roby for 3 years, $18,000,000

These signings filled five needs the Jets needed to address before the draft. The big signing may seem to be Le’Veon Bell, who can help Sam Darnold tremendously, but the key signing is Mitch Morse. Morse hasn’t allowed a sack since 2015. That’s 1,543 pass blocking snaps without a sack which is the 8th longest streak in 13 years. Trey Flowers is also a big key signing. Not only does he help the Jets pass rush, but they also take him away from their division rivals and reigning Super Bowl Champs, New England Patriots. Barrett and Roby are nice under the radar signings. Barrett had a down year so maybe Jets could get a little discount here. Bradley Roby excels in the slot corner and that’s exactly what the Jets need with Julian Edelman in their division. Bell is an obvious upgrade at the RB position, but who knows how he will fair with a whole season off.

Draft Results:


Pick 1.10 – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

Protecting Sam Darnold has to be priority #1 this offseason. Signing Mitch Morse then drafting Dalton Risner just further reinforces that mindset. Risner is a big, nasty lineman that will have no problem living up to the hype of being a first round pick in New York.

Pick 2.41 – Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State

Although not the sexy pick, this is another selection to help solidify the offensive line, keep Sam Darnold clean, and open up some lanes for Le’Veon Bell between the tackles.

Pick 3.68 – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

Oruwariye is a physical corner with solid size at 6’1″ and 203 lbs. He’s got a decent chance of walking out of the pre-season with a starting job in the secondary opposite Trumaine Johnson. This is one of the better possible landing spots for Oruwariye, pairing him with Gregg Williams.

Pick 3.93 – Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

Terry McLaurin was a relatively unknown prospect a month ago but he’s absolutely skyrocketed since the beginning of Senior Bowl practices. He’ll be capable of contributing immediately, both inside and outside the numbers.

Pick 4.98 – Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama

Isaiah Buggs is a versatile piece that has been surrounded by elite talent his whole college career. The Jets draft him here to help bolster their defensive line and give new DC Gregg Williams a big body for the defense.

Pick 4.107 – David Long, CB, Michigan

David Long is a fairly average sized corner that can hold his own and is capable of making a play on the ball. New DC Gregg Williams loves his cornerbacks so he could really have some fun trying to develop David Long.

Pick 4.127 – Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech

This may be seen as a bit of a luxury pick here but if Antoine Wesley can crack the rotation he can be a serious player for this offense. With great size and ability to track the ball in the air and make a play on it, Wesley could be a valuable red zone target for Sam Darnold.

Pick 5.129 – Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon

Jelks is coming off a bit of a down year but he still has that quickness and size that he’s always had. With some fine tuning, he could find himself cracking the rotation and finding a home on the east coast.

Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:

$17,262,333

Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:

$67,200,000

Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:

$8,807,327

Total Cap Remaining:

$1,806,947

Backfield Starters

QB: Sam Darnold

RB: Le’Veon Bell

Receiver Starters

WR1: Robby Anderson

WR2: Quincy Enunwa

Slot: Terry McLaurin

TE1: Chris Herndon

TE2: Jordan Leggett

Offensive Line Starters

LT: Dalton Risner

LG: Elgton Jenkins

C: Mitch Morse

RG: Brian Winters

RT: Kelvin Beachum

Defensive Line Starters

WDE: Nathan Shepherd

DT: Leonard Williams

DT: Steve McLendon

SDE: Trey Flowers

Linebacker Starters

WLB: Avery Williamson

MLB: Darron Lee

SLB: Shaquil Barrett

Secondary Starters

CB1: Trumaine Johnson

CB2: Amani Oruwariye

Nickel: Bradley Roby

FS: Marcus Maye

SS: Jamal Adams

Special Teamers

K: Jason Myers

P: Lachlan Edwards

LS: Thomas Hennessy

KOS: Jason Myers

KR: Andre Roberts

PR: Andre Roberts

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