Where have the Jets improved the most this offseason?

Throughout the offseason, NewYorkJets.com reporters Eric Allen, Ethan Greenberg and Randy Lange will each give their predictions to a series of questions about this year’s Jets.

Question of the day: What’s the best result for the Jets in the first round of the NFL Draft?

EA: This is a vastly improved list on every level. In terms of position groups, the cornerback and tight end units have seen dramatic turnarounds. “Playmaker” isn’t a position group, but the Jets have filled a big need in that department as well. If you add health into the equation, what about edge unit? The Jets expect Carl Lawson to return for training camp and he was dynamic last summer, looking like he could be a game-changer on this defense. The Jets were excited to come back in the first round to get Jermaine Johnson, who was dominant with more opportunities at Florida State, has an arsenal of passing moves and is strong against the run. Micheal Clemons is a great system suited to his length and power. And that’s not even mentioning the re-signing of Vinny Curry plus the free agent addition of Jacob Martin. At TE, CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin combined for 110 receptions for 1,086 yards and 8 touchdowns last season, then the Jets came back in the third round and selected Ohio State TE Jeremy Ruckert. Offensively, the Jets don’t just want to get the ball downfield. Garrett Wilson (23 touchdowns in 33 games at Ohio State) and Breece Hall (11 school records at Iowa State) are under-4.4 players who have the ability to help sophomore QB Zach Wilson & Co. score points quickly. With all of the above, give me the cornerbacks. I love the dynamic the Jets will have on the outside with Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and DJ Reed, the former being an ultra-long competitive performer hasn’t given up a TD at the college level, and the latter being a feisty 5 -9 outside CB which finds Robert Saleh. These two guys have New York personalities, they’re going to face receivers for 60 minutes and challenge each other. The pair headline a young squad that already includes Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols on the outside as well as impressive nickel options Michael Carter II and Javelin Guidry. There is no wrong answer.

FOR EXAMPLE: The two positions that stand out are tight end and cornerback. The Jets tight ends combined for 50 receptions, 534 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2021. General manager Joe Douglas signed CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin in the offseason, who combined for 110 receptions, 1,086 yards and 8 touchdowns the last season. Uzomah and Conklin are both NFL starters and are capable of stretching the field and assisting in the running game. Uzomah also adds championship pedigree, coming from AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals. Around the corner, Douglas added DJ Reed and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner to the room. Bryce Hall, who led the Jets with 1,169 defensive snaps last season, and Brandin Echols, who was fifth with 760, could each challenge for playing time if Hall is completely healthy. Hall and Echols also showed well towards the end of the season. Douglas created a lot of depth and speed in high school in a division that features Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill. I think almost every position has had some depth and boost from free agency or draft e.g. RB, WR, OL, S but short end and cornerback are the two with the biggest facelift.

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