There's never really much to discuss on a bye week...especially with a team who has no playoff hopes. With that being said, it got me thinking big picture. Rather than doing an entire mock offseason, I decided to only talk about the highlights of what a mock offseason points towards.
In a perfect world, here is my ideal 2019 Jets starting roster (as of November...aka subject to much change):
QB: Sam Darnold - Easy enough.
RB: Le'Veon Bell - All signs are pointing towards it. We lack playmakers, Bell's one of the best. Bell wants to get paid, we can afford him. Both Bell and the Jets have the same goal of proving their worth to the rest of the league.
WR: Quincy Enunwa - He's been our best receiver this year and one of the few guys who looks like he actually wants to be here. Resign him. Simple.
WR: Robby Anderson - I'm on the fence with Robby. Sometimes he looks like our guy. Other times he disappears. With a good offensive-minded head coach, I think we'll figure out how to make Robby an every-week threat.
WR: N'Keal Harry - Ideally we trade a couple spots down, pick up a second round pick, and take the best skill position player in this draft. By the end of the year, Harry turns into our undisputed number one receiver and the Darnold-Bell-Harry combo because one of the best in the league.
TE: Chris Herndon - Herndon has been the best rookie tight end in the league this year. He's earned his starting spot on the team.
LT: David Edwards - With that second round pick we acquire in the Harry trade, we take our new left tackle. I think he's a first round talent, but because this is a perfect world scenario, he falls to us in the second.
LG: Michael Deiter - Our third round pick. We complete the left side of our line with two Wisconsin rookies. Deiter is next in line of the list of great Wisconsin linemen.
C: Matt Paradis - This would be a huge free agent signing. Paradis is a top 5-7 center in the league. Having a reliable, talented veteran in front of Darnold would be fantastic, and much needed.
RG:Andy Levitre - With two rookies on the left side, we'll need to add another veteran leader up front alongside Paradis. Perhaps Levitre and Deiter swap sides, who knows. The point is our o-line remake is complete.
RT: Brandon Shell - Shell has been the lone bright spot on our o-line this year, and I think he deserves another year as the full-time starter.
DL: Leonard Williams - Easy enough.
DL: Steve McLendon - Easy enough.
DL: Nathan Shepherd - In a perfect world, Shepherd takes a leap from his rookie year to year 2, and brings his potential to life.
Edge: Dee Ford - Coming off a breakout season, Ford would be a great consolation prize for missing out on Clowney and Lawrence (who even in my perfect world will unfortunately re-sign).
LB: Darron Lee - Easy enough.
LB: Avery Williamson - Easy enough.
Edge: Dante Fowler - Copy and paste what I said for Dee Ford. Now we have capable edge rushers coming off of both sides.
CB: Trumaine Johnson - Easy enough.
CB: Morris Claiborne - I believe he's earned another year as a starter. He seems to be on the wrong end of some highlights, but he's also been one of our more consistent defensive backs.
Nickel: Parry Nickerson - Finally the end of the Skrine era. Nickerson lands the starting spot and shows why he was our most underrated draft pick of last year.
FS: Marcus Maye - Easy enough.
SS: Jamal Adams - Easy enough.
Jason Myers, Lac Edwards and Thomas Hennessy return as our special teams starters.
BONUS: Eric Bieniemy begins his first year as the Jets Head Coach. The next coaching star out of the Andy Reid tree. The current offensive coordinator for the Chiefs preaches intensity, preparation, attention to detail, offensive prowess and the extra focus on the quarterback position...aka everything Todd Bowles is not. Bieniemy, I believe, has what it takes to turn this franchise around.