ESPN recently released their post-free agency power rankings for next season. Where do the New York Jets stack up?
It has been a busy offseason for the New York Jets, but it hasn’t been one that has made them better for next season.
With a few expensive veterans on the roster, the Jets started off the offseason by parting ways with some of the biggest names on the team. Even though some of these players under-performed last season, they were still starters.
Releasing them freed up some money for the Jets, but New York wasn’t able to make much of an impact in free agency. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower appeared to be one of their biggest targets. However, he ultimately re-signed with the Patriots.
Recently, ESPN compiled their power rankings for post-free agency. For the Jets, it isn’t looking good. ESPN had them ranked 30th, only above the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. Here’s what they said about the Jets.
"The Jets have lost Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Darrelle Revis, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith this offseason, but don’t worry, the Jets signed Josh McCown. The veteran is 2-20 as a starting quarterback the past two seasons."
Seeing the Jets near the 49ers and Browns in the power rankings is something that we can expect to see throughout the season. As a team that is clearly in a rebuild, the Jets might be tough to watch in 2017.
Even though the Jets hold the sixth pick in the NFL Draft, they likely won’t be getting a player that can help them instantly turn it around. The quarterback position is still a huge question mark for them. Even though there will likely be a quarterback available for them in the draft, that player might not be a franchise quarterback.
After their poor free agency, the Jets are deserving of being one being ranked as one of the worst teams in the NFL. The organization must make sure that they draft well in the upcoming draft, as that will be key for their rebuild.