New York Jets: Center or edge? Fans make their choice

New York Jets fans (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Should the New York Jets make sure they take care of an edge rusher or center, if they can only pick one this off-season? Fans make their pick.

The New York Jets had a lot of work to do this off-season. To say that this roster was barren of talent was an understatement. A 4-12 team always has a lot of holes to fill. There were far too many to fill in one off-season.

To their credit, they have done a good job of adding as much talent as possible. C.J. Mosley and Le’Veon Bell were the two prized signings of the off-season and both came to the Jets. That is saying something about the direction of this team.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day. There is no way that the Jets won’t go into the season with work to be done. This is going to be a two-year process, which leads me to the question of the day.

It is very possible that the Jets won’t be able to find a long-term answer at both center and edge rusher during this off-season.

So, which is more important? If the Jets can only secure one, should they make sure they acquire a top-flight center, or an elite edge rusher?

Well, we decided to ask fans on Facebook. Specifically, we ran a poll to see which position fans would prefer the team take care of this year.

Here is how it turned out:

Interesting results, huh? I thought so.

It’s hard to ignore the point of the majority. We have said for years that the Jets need a dominant force off of the edge. Imagine the defense actually being able to close games.

Being able to get to the quarterback will do a lot to help the Jets seal the deal in the fourth quarter, which has been a problem for them in the past.

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For me, I side with the position of the minority on this. It is a huge miss to not find a center during this off-season.

The bulk of the time needs to be spent on making Sam Darnold‘s life as an NFL quarterback easier. Adding a weapon like Le’Veon Bell does a lot to make that life better.

But they need to improve up front and protect him. Kelechi Osemele was a very nice start to the process. But center is huge.

The center is the quarterback of the offensive line. That needs to be done competently and Jonotthan Harrison is a nice backup piece. However, I need more convincing that he is a 16 game starter.

Find that center. My opinion.