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New York Jets: What Position Group Is Best?

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At the end of this past season, if I asked you what the best position group on the New York Jets was, you'd probably laugh in my face and tell me the team stinks. You'd then tell me that the defensive line was, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say they were the only competent position group on the team last year. You wouldn't be wrong.

However, since then, the team has had an uplift. There are now a few position groups on the team that look like they could be good, possibly even dominant. Other than the defensive line, we also have an improved secondary and receiving corps. Let's look at the predicted starters:

CB: Darrelle Revis

FS: Marcus Gilchrist

SS: Calvin Pryor

CB: Antonio Cromartie

CB: Buster Skrine


DE: Muhammad Wilkerson

NT: Damon Harrison

DE: Sheldon Richardson


WR: Brandon Marshall

WR: Eric Decker

WR: Jeremy Kerley

However, you also have to look at depth as well. The secondary has the likes of Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle. The defensive line has Leger Douzable and Kevin Vickerson. The receivers have... okay mostly a bunch of nobodies. I think it's fair to say that of these three groups, the receiving corps is the "weakest," and that's hardly an insult, since the starters are some of the better receivers in football.

The secondary and defensive line are likely in the top five in the league, and both have depth. I don't think you can go wrong here, especially since both will help each other out and make each other better (more coverage time gives you more time to sack the quarterback, and quicker sacks require less coverage time). For now, I'll vote for the defensive line, since we've yet to see what the safeties can do in the secondary, but it isn't hard to see them overtaking the New York Snack Exchange.