The Jets started the first day of free agency quietly before lurching into action late into the night to complete two very good signings.
Earlier the Jets had completed the signing of former Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, an off-ball linebacker with plenty of athleticism and a good scheme fit for Saleh’s 4-3.
If you spend any significant time on Twitter, you’d have noticed a little panic setting in yesterday as Joe Thuney inked a deal with Kansas City and Corey Linsley signed on to protect Justin Herbert in LA.
I’ll be honest, I’d hoped the Jets would get one if not both. It was fanciful thinking, Thuney got paid and is going to a contender and the Jets failed to reach out to Linsley, which is the biggest indication that they believe Connor McGovern can return to his 2019 form when he allowed just the single sack.
Outside of the offensive line, which I think will be addressed in the draft (it’s a very deep interior class), the first day of free agent was a success for the Jets and Joe Douglas. They got a system linebacker with coverage skills, a true #1 pass rusher who’s total pressures were 4th in the league among edge players and a wide receiver who fits the LaFleur system perfectly. I’ll take it.
I recently wrote a piece around Lawson and why he was ideal for the Jets which you can find here.
However, there is plenty of talent on offer for the Jets (and the other 31 teams) on day two, with some premier free agents left on the board.
I expect the Jets to look heavily into corners today, and would be surprised if we didn’t see at least one corner added to the roster. The corner market hasn’t really got going yet with William Jackson III, Richard Sherman and Shaquill Griffin unsigned. The expectation is the Jets will go after one of them, and based on Griffin playing well in a cover 3 zone system in Seattle, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was him.
The Jets are rumoured to be looking into the running back options as well, despite bringing restricted free agent Josh Adams back on a one year deal. Jamaal Williams would be a scheme fit and wouldn’t cost the earth, he’s a name that I’d watch for on day two.
The Jets are yet to bring in any former “Saleh” guys. Kerry Hyder is still available and would it shock anyone if the Jets double-dipped at edge? Richard Sherman mentioned above would bring much needed experience to a young secondary. K’Waun Williams is one of the NFL’s best slot corners and the Jets haven’t brought back Brian Poole as of this minute, so there is a need there. Jaquiski Tartt is scheme versatile and Saleh always spoke favourably of him when in San Francisco and don’t count out corner Ahkello Witherspoon either.
I wouldn’t bank on the Jets being done on the offensive side of the ball either. Hunter Henry is still there and the tight end (Greg Kittle) played a key role in the San Fran offense that got them to the Super Bowl, so the Jets may be interested in adding an athletic receiver like Henry, and I wouldn’t count our Samuel or JuJu just yet. The Jets can move on from Crowder, and if they believe either Samuel or JuJu are significantly better for this offense, they could upgrade without adding a ton of extra salary to the team.
The Jets have made a great start, but we need to finish it off strong as well.