Mind the Stopgap; Joe D Should Look to Some Vets to Fill Gaps for Short-Term
Yes, in a perfect world, Jets GM Joe Douglas would come out of this off-season with every meaningful hole on his roster filled with a young proven starter or highly-rated draft pick for the Jets moving forward. However, that’s just no a realistic possibility at this point, so there are some spots that should be filled with proven vets on short-term deals who can be replaced in a year or two. Some possibilites?
LT Jason Peters: Even at 38-years-old, Peters is one of the top pass protecters in the NFL. The Jets could always look to add the big left tackle to protect Sam Darnold’s blind side and then use pick no. 11 on his eventual replacement who could then play right tackle or a guard spot for a year while learning the ropes from Peters.
CB Prince Amukamara: According to Connor Hughes of the Athletic, the Jets are showing some interest in Amukamara, who is past his prime, but could still be a CB2 for a season or two. If the Jets were to add a big name such as Byron Jones to pair with Amuakamara, it would be a much improved secondary with Bless Austin providing quality depth.
#Jets are among teams poking around ex-Giants/Bears CB Prince Amukamara, per source.
Would be a good signing for #NYJ. Yes, they need a No. 1 CB … also a No. 2.
Amukamara is 30, but still playing good ball: PFF coverage grades of 71.5, 77.1, 70.5 last 3 years. Outside CB
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 16, 2020
OG Greg Van Roten: We first mentioned Van Roten as a player the Jets should be looking at during our offensive free agents preview on Jetnation Radio and since that time his name has emerged as a possible Jets target. At 30-years-old he’s no spring chicken, but has quietly been a solid player for the Panthers over the past few seasons and could offer insurance on the interior offensive line.
RB Jonathan Williams: We may like him more than most, but Williams showed a nice combination of burst and power in limited carries last seaosn for the Colts. With so many questions at running back, a player like Williams could come in on a short deal and add some depth behind Le’Veon Bell.
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