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Jets Free Agency 2016: What Are the Five Biggest Remaining Needs

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One week into free agency, what are the five biggest holes the Jets have?

1. Quarterback

If you do not have a quarterback, it is always your biggest need. Incumbent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick is still on the market. It could take a while to see this play out. It depends on how long it takes Fitzpatrick to bring his demands more in line with what the market is willing to pay him. Robert Griffin III is sitting out there. So is Colin Kaepernick. The Jets have reported interest in both. There might be other wild cards out there as well. The Jets are probably going to sign somebody. It is tough to believe they would feel good about going to camp with Geno Smith and Bryce Petty as their top two options.

2. Offensive Line

The offensive line was not a strength in 2015. There have not been any moves to upgrade the unit. Kelvin Beachum was brought in for a visit, but he has agreed to terms with the Jaguars. The right guard situation is murky at best. So is the right tackle situation. Ideally, the Jets can find an upgrade at both spots. At least one of these might have to be filled early in the Draft.

3. Tight End

The only reason this rates as low as third is I am giving the Jets the benefit of the doubt with Jace Amaro returning and Quincy Enunwa having shown some signs of potential late in the season. The team made a run at Jermaine Gresham, but Gresham opted for a one year prove it deal with the Cardinals hoping for a big season that will allow him to cash in a year from now. I would feel better about this group with Gresham in the mix.

4. Inside Linebacker

The Jets still do not have a starter. Erin Henderson is still on the market. Demario Davis has signed with the Browns. Could Todd Bowles consider using extra defensive backs more often to compensate for a lack of talent at linebacker the way he did in Arizona?

5. Returners

We all know how suspect special teams were for the Jets in 2015. The team does not have a ton of cap space, but this is an area that can be improved without spending much. The Jets did try to sign Marcus Sherels, but he got away.