New York Jets five biggest positional needs this offseason

Le'Veon Bell, Alex Lewis, New York Jets. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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4. Cornerback

According to, the Jets were a middle of the pack defense against the pass, ranking 16th. For the pass defense to have done that well, plenty of credit has to be given to the defensive coordinator, Greg Williams, for getting the most out of his unit. Based on all the injuries the Jets had to deal with on the defensive side this season, it is truly amazing they did not rank lower.

It’s a good start, but the Jets still need to be better against the pass. This season, Gang Green didn’t face many teams that were known for having a prolific passing attack or great offense for that matter. Looking at the Jets stats, out of the 39 touchdowns allowed, 25 were scored through the air. Teams clearly knew that they could take advantage of the Jets’ porous pass defense.

In addition to how poor the pass defense was as a unit, the Jets have to be disappointed with how Trumaine Johnson has panned out. One of the major acquisitions during the Mike MacCagnan era that has turned sour. The eight-year vet has been unable to stay healthy and he does not seem to be the dependable cornerback they thought when he was signed.

On the other hand, Brian Poole was a nice surprise this season. The former Florida Gator finished the season with 47 solo tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception for a touchdown. Based on how he played the nickel position this season, he should be re-signed and given another chance to show he can be consistent.

As for how the Jets should tackle their cornerback needs (no pun intended), they should probably look to draft someone or sign a reasonable player in free agency. After witnessing the results of overpaying Johnson, I doubt the Jets would make the same move twice (although it would not surprise me).