As a result of he was employed within the months that adopted the 2019 NFL draft and the present offseason remains to be ongoing, Jets GM Joe Douglas has solely had one full offseason as the person in cost for his New York Jets. To say he has proven any established patters in the kind of gamers he has acquired would in all probability be a bit untimely. However that’s to not say he hasn’t proven any tendencies as a GM. Douglas has confirmed himself to be the kind of man who, even when he is aware of what must be performed, gained’t do it till the time is correct. Douglas is prepared to attend issues out till he can get what he needs.
This strategy was on absolutely show in the best way he dealt with the buying and selling of the 2 highest profile gamers he inherited in security Jamal Adams and quarterback Sam Darnold. Each gamers reached a degree at which it was apparent they might not be returning. Having laid floor work months earlier within the case of Adams, Douglas was prepared to drag the set off when the previous linebacker/security publicly ripped the group.
When everybody and their uncle knew the group would transfer on from Darnold and take a quarterback with the second decide within the draft this offseason, once more Douglas turned down gives from a number of groups till he was able to strike a deal. There have been those that steered he’d waited to lengthy and wouldn’t discover a group nonetheless prepared to half with a premium decide. Then information broke of Douglas buying three picks for Darnold, together with a second-rounder from the Carolina Panthers. So with such a obvious want at cornerback and some names in the marketplace could be instant upgrades, is Douglas taking part in the ready recreation as soon as once more? Jets followers had higher hope so.
Douglas has made loads of notable strikes this offseason to get the league’s worst offense off the bottom. From signing large receivers Corey Davis and Keelan Cole, to drafting quarterback Zach Wilson, guard Alijah Vera-Tucker and working again Michael Carter. However what concerning the protection? And extra particularly, what about cornerback?
As of this second, the Jets cornerback group isn’t what you may contemplate an NFL caliber group. Near zero manufacturing and even much less expertise, the Jets want so as to add a minimum of one physique earlier than the season kicks off. There’s loads of cause to anticipate Bryce Corridor to develop into a high-level beginning cornerback, however past that? Nothing however a bunch of query marks.
After displaying some promise throughout his rookie season, Bless Austin has tailed off and has performed at a stage that needs to be simply replaceable. Undrafted free agent Lamar Jackson additionally flashed as a rookie, however was removed from a participant a group may take a look at as a starter in 2021. Past that, there’s rookie draft picks Jason Pinnock and UDFA Isaiah Dunn becoming a member of a completely untested group. Douglas can’t be severe about going to battle with this bunch, so who may he be eyeing this late within the offseason?
Richard Sherman is a reputation that has been repeated via a wide range of shops and he did converse with the Jets earlier this offseason, however the common consensus appears to be that Sherman want to keep on or as near the West Coast as potential, making the Jets an extended shot. Steelers free agent Steven Nelson requested his launch months in the past and it was granted. If the Jets needed to get higher on the place he could be a superb possibility, however why is a beginning participant at a premium place nonetheless twisting within the wind and never scooped up a lot sooner? It’s a query value asking, however given the Jets scenario, he’s additionally a participant value signing. There have been stories claiming a handful of groups have made Nelson a suggestion. May the Jets be amongst these groups? In that case, don’t rule out the opportunity of Joe Douglas making a “take it or depart it” kind of provide that can stay on the desk till Nelson inks a take care of any individual.
A 3rd possibility whose identify might not carry the identical enchantment as Sherman or Nelson could be veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland who began 11 video games for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs final season. A stable vet who could also be prepared to come back in on a one or two-year deal, Breeland could be a high quality improve at nook. The identical could possibly be stated for veteran Prince Amukamara who began 15 video games for the Bears in 2020.
Whoever or at any time when it’s, Jets followers had higher hope that whether or not it’s a free agent addition or an offseason commerce, Douglas has to know his group might be in some severe hassle on Sundays if any individual isn’t added earlier than the season begins. However simply because Douglas isn’t dashing in to something, historical past tells us that doesn’t imply it’s time for followers to hit the panic button.