Defensive backs (Grade: C)
Douglas was able to re-sign cornerback Brian Poole, who had a solid season last year with the New York Jets. At the same time, he parted ways with Darryl Roberts and Trumaine Johnson, last year’s starters who couldn’t get the job done. Douglas also strengthened the cornerback position by signing both Pierre Desir and Arthur Maulet to one-year deals. The value of their contracts is listed below:
The expected starting corners are Desir and Rutgers product Blessuan Austin on the outside with Poole playing in the slot. Even though Douglas addressed the cornerback position, depth at the position is still weak. He will need to add more corners whether it’s through free agency or using a late-round pick or two in the draft.
If Douglas doesn’t continue to address the cornerback issue, then the Jets pass defense will continue to be troublesome. Whenever an opposing team was facing the Jets last season, they had the reassurance that they could throw on them. Even fantasy football addicts knew to start wide receivers against Gang Green.
According to NFL.com, the Jets ranked 16th in the NFL by allowing an average of 236.2 passing yards per game. For a frame of reference, the San Francisco allowed 169.2 passing yards per game (the best), while Detroit Lions allowed 284.4 passing yards per game (the worst).
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All of the blame shouldn’t be placed on the cornerbacks for their inability to defend against the pass. As I already mentioned, the Jets will need to address their shortage of pass rushers to help give the corners a little extra time.
Conclusion (Overall Grade: C+)
Douglas has done a decent job so far, but there is still work that needs to be done. The GM is probably looking to build this roster through the draft. If anything, he will continue to sign players based on the draft results. In the meantime, New York Jets fans should rest assured that Douglas has a plan and will do his best to execute it.
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