2018 New York Jets Depth Chart
|Quarterback||Sam Darnold||Josh McCown|
|Running Back||Elijah McGuire||Trenton Cannon||Isaiah Crowell*|
|Left Wide Receiver||Robby Anderson||Charone Peake||Rishard Matthews|
|Right Wide Receiver||Quincy Enunwa||Jermaine Kearse||Andre Roberts|
|Tight End||Chris Herndon||Jordan Leggett||Neal Sterling|
|Left Tackle||Kelvin Beachum||Brent Qvale|
|Left Guard||James Carpenter||Dakota Dozier|
|Center||Spencer Long||Jonotthan Harrison|
|Right Guard||Brian Winters||Dakota Dozier|
|Right Tackle||Brandon Shell||Brent Qvale|
The New York Jets have a healthy quarterback competition on their hands ahead of the regular season. The signal caller competitions the team has featured in the past were tame compared to the talent boost this position features this year. Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold are amongst the three competing for the job. This talent depth has really created a buzz around the organization and the rostering of these talents deserves some applause shaded towards management. McCown is the practiced veteran on the squad. He saw most of the action at quarterback last season for the team, which boasts a case for the position title. Bridgewater is still in the process of regaining his legs and arm strength following a gruesome injury from a few years past. Darnold is the talented product drafted early in the first round, but he still possesses a risk due to the learning curve of professional play. Whatever the case may be, the team features a strong class of quarterbacks heading into the 2018-19 season.
Off-season transactions and signings left the team a little short on the defensive front. Muhammad Wilkerson was scheduled for a huge payday following the franchise tag season, forcing the team to let him sign elsewhere. Kony Davis was also removed from the edge position, leaving the team with a depleted front. These roster moves force some of their talented youngsters into heavy usage roles. Leonard Williams is one of the most talented lineman left in this grouping, but his lack of experience leaves the team in a rut. Steve McLendon is the practiced veteran upfront, and the team will lean heavily on his leadership capabilities to keep the performance levels up. The departures really leave the team in a bind at the front of the defense, so look for the team to utilize their linebacking core to offer some differed looks. The edge rush from the defensive lineman is going to be an area where the team must improve to stay relevant during regular season play.
To account for the losses upfront, the team chose to boost the talent in their secondary. Signing Trumaine Johnson was one of the best moves the team made in the off-season. Johnson comes from a Rams organization that preached defensive consistencies, so his transition to an established secondary makes for a completion to a puzzled region of the defense. He will be slotted across from Morris Claiborne, offering some relief to the high usage rates and action amounts Claiborne saw last season. Jamal Adams is also afforded some relief at the safety position with this signing. The secondary now features a complete tag, attaching talent from all angles and relieving some of the pressure off the defensive players placed in front of them.
Trailing back to the offensive front, the team has seen its fair share of rushers walk through the doors. The biggest problem the team had was finding a 2-man tandem that could work handle the rushing and passing downs. The team was great in short yardage situations and would plug Chris Ivory to pick-up these short downs. Ivory has been shipped elsewhere, calling for new faces to fill these roles. The team went out and grabbed Thomas Rawls and Isiah Crowell this off-season. They kept Bilal Powell on the active roster, creating another competition for the lead back position. This is another competition that keeps the consistency levels for the team high. Crowell and Powell are both quicker backs, while Rawls has the short yardage situations locked down. Crowell offers the most consistency in the run and pass-blocking game, but this does not diminish the fortune that Powell has had with the organization. This 3-headed attack opens the offense up tremendously, favoring any of the quarterbacks that is to earn the starting role.
The 2018 off-season for the Jets was all about building their roster and depth. They really stacked their attack on the offensive front with the quarterback and running back additions, which was nice to see given that these positions have lacked consistency in recent history. This still begs to answer the wide receiver position, but development from their younger talents could put this to rest. The secondary boost was much needed after the depletion of the defensive front, so the team is making strides on both sides of the ball. This should mark for an improvement upon last year’s finish, keeping the organization on the outside looking in.