I'm wondering if we have enough draft picks and salary cap space to be able fill all of them with quality players. The most prominent one as of late is receiver. In all realism, Santonio Holmes will probably be back on the Jets next year. He's a really talented player, and it's really difficult to get out of his contract. I'm just hoping we find some way to set him straight and make it work, and that this experience can be a little humbling. Then on the other side, there's an even bigger question mark. I don't think Plaxico will be a starting receiver with the Jets next season, and if he does come back, it will probably just be as a pure red zone target. A few options arise here. We could bring back Braylon Edwards, if he's willing to at what we can provide him. I don't think we'd be able to bring in a big name free agent like Vincent Jackson or Dwayne Bowe, for both salary cap and continuity reasons. There's also the option of drafting one, and we could very realistically end up with either Michael Floyd or Alshon Jeffrey. Supposedly though, Floyd is a bum and Jeffrey isn't very fast so i don't think that would be a good idea.
Then there's right tackle. I really hope the FO sees this as an area of necessary improvement. Wayne Hunter isn't getting it done. We could draft one, though i think it may be a little safer to bring in a proven free agent. Supposedly Vlad is making improvements, but i don't expect him to be starting next season.
Now, safety. Jim Leonhard and Brodney pool are both free agents, and Eric Smith can't cover tight ends for his life. I would expect that at least one of the above returns, but we really don't have any good safeties to begin with. There's the option of drafting a safety, but supposedly the safety class isn't very good this year. There's also the option of getting one in free agency, but i doubt we'd be able to get Michael Griffin, and I think I heard something about the 'skins franchise tagging Landry.
Linebacker. Bryan Thomas probably won't be back with that injury and his age, and neither Jamaal Westerman nor Garrett Mcintyre proved that they deserve the full time starting spot next year. The obvious solution would be to draft one, and there seem to be plenty to go around this year. I would expect the FO to address this. But there's a question mark regarding whether or not Bart Scott will be back. If he's not back, we need a quality player to replace him, or that'll just become another area of weakness next year, even with David Harris alongside whoever that ends up being. I have a feeling that they may just promote Josh Mauga to a full time player, but i don't know if that's gonna work out.
so, when you look at the whole picture, we have holes at receiver, right tackle, safety, outside backer, and possibly inside backer. I guess some of you may also call running back an area of need, but i doubt the FO is gonna do anything about that. Anyway, it's really hard to get quality players into all of those positions with the amount of cap space and draft picks we have. Please leave your thoughts below, i encourage them.