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ESPN power rankings still don’t think highly of Jets after free agency

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The Jets made a number of moves trying to upgrade their roster in free agency, but the team still only ranks 26th in ESPN’s offseason power rankings.

The Jets have allowed 60 touchdown passes the past two seasons while intercepting only 19 balls, the second-worst TD-INT ratio in the NFL over that span. They threw big money at Trumaine Johnson this offseason -- a self-described “game-changer” -- and he’ll need to be to help fix the Jets’ defense.

The normal warnings about the meaninglessness of offseason power rankings apply.

With that said, I am inclined to agree that the Jets are still near the bottom of the league when it comes to roster talent. It certainly was possible to fall into the trap of thinking that the Jets could easily fix all of their problems with a high Draft pick and a lot of cap space.

It doesn’t really work that way, though. The Jets potentially upgraded a number of spots in free agency, but this remains a roster sorely lacking impact talent. No matter how much cap space the team had, there wasn’t impact talent to be had.

It has to be obtained through the Draft. The most important piece is the quarterback. That might be within their grasp, but the quarterback presumably will have some growing pains and take time to develop.

The point here is there isn’t a quick fix. The Jets are in a process of building, but the process might take some time. The moves they have made don’t necessarily move the needle a ton.