The Definitive New York Jets Roster Rankings

Joe Caporoso with a *definitive* ranking of every player on the New York Jets roster

“You’ve got to bring players in here, man. It’s simple as that, man. It’s not rocket science.” Adams said. “I’m not going to sit here and say we have talent…We have a lot of talent on the team, but we don’t have dawgs on this team. We just don’t.”

Jamal Adams is not wrong. The New York Jets have one of the league’s worst rosters and need an infusion of talent (AKA dawgs) this offseason. However, you can’t start building until you accurately assess what you currently have. We are going to undertake that project right now at Turn On The Jets with the definitive ranking of all the players currently on the New York Jets roster, broken down into different categories/tiers. 

The categories/tiers will be the following (shout out to Mike Lombardi for the Blue Chip/Red Chip connotation but we are going to define that grouping slightly differently here). These rankings will be based 75% on what we saw last year and 25% on projecting to the future, slightly heavier with that future number on players we couldn’t get much data/film on this year. Positional value and contract size also is factored into these rankings. 

  • Blue Chip: An All-Pro caliber player, who is one of the five best in the league currently at his position.
  • Red Chip: A clear above average starter, who you can make a reasonable argument is a top 20 player in the league at his position or has unique value because of his skill set.
  • Starter: A solid starting player, who is in the top half of the league at his position and is not easily replaceable.
  • JAG: Just. A. Guy. A very replaceable starter or rotational backup.
  • Roster Filler: Bottom of the roster player who is interchangeable as a backup.

We are going to look at quarterback in a separate category because of what a unique position it is, especially in regards to overall value and focus on where the Jets fit in league wide. We will also not include special teams in the above categories but rather in a separate section at the bottom. 

For snap counts, we are going to use Football Outsiders, we will include PFF rankings for each player as well. This site is of the belief that PFF is a tool, not the Bible and does not always accurately paint the full picture (please reread that sentence for emphasis). There is also feedback from Joe Blewett, who broke down every game for us this year on YouTube and Michael Nania who has done analytics tracking and grading on the team for Gang Green Nation. Finally, you are also getting the opinion of yours truly who has watched every game this year from both the broadcast angle and coaching film angle…always a fun task for a 4-12 team. 

On to the rankings…

Quarterbacks

1. Sam Darnold (81% of offensive snaps, 29th overall quarterback via PFF)

Darnold’s rookie stat line was as follows: 57.7 completion percentage, 6.9 YPA, 17 TDs, 15 INTs 2 lost fumbles, 1 rushing touchdown and 138 rushing yards. Despite a porous roster (SEE BELOW!) and offensive coordinator, Darnold flashed moments of brilliance, particularly down the stretch against Houston and Green Bay. There were rough patches, like any rookie goes through, but overall he showed more than enough to demonstrate why the Jets took him third overall. There team should absolutely be proceeding as if he is their franchise quarterback.

From a league wide perspective, let’s take a quick step back and assess how many teams would  trade their quarterback situations with the Jets (AKA Darnold)…

  • Definitely: Miami, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Denver, Oakland, Giants, Redskins, Bucs
  • Maybe/Should: Vikings, Lions, Bills, Cardinals, Bears

Now, you can debate if certain young quarterbacks don’t have as bright of a future, players like Dak, Wentz (due to his injuries), Jimmy G (due to his injuries) but that is all speculative and I’m not sure those teams would swap as of now. Regardless, the Jets will find themselves in the top half of the league if/when old heads like Brady, Brees and Rivers retire. The hope is Darnold takes a major leap forward in year two, like Goff and Wentz did recently.

2. Josh McCown (19% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

McCown has likely reached the end of his time as a NFL player. After a surprising 2017, he regressed to the mean in a starting role this season over three games, looking completely overmatched. He is a valuable mentor to Sam Darnold but he could serve the same purpose in an assistant coaching role. The Jets need to find a long term backup for Darnold and with Adam Gase now hired, it wouldn’t be surprising if they looked at a guy like Brock Osweiler (shudders).

3. Davis Webb (0% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Webb is a 2017 mid round pick who has never taken a meaningful NFL snap. The Jets will likely assess him this offseason and summer to determine if he could be the long term backup to Sam Darnold. The early returns on his first two preseasons would suggest that is a risky decision.

Blue Chip

  1. Jamal Adams, Safety (99% of defensive snaps, 2nd overall safety via PFF)

The Jets lone blue chip player, Adams took a major leap forward in his sophomore campaign mostly on the back of improvements in pass coverage. Playing like he has the turbo button permanently mashed down, Adams is a missile near the line of scrimmage and was frequently used as a blitzer. The turnover numbers are not gaudy (1 interception, 3 forced fumbles) but Adams has the versatility to play either safety position, slot corner, edge and inside linebacker. He is currently the team’s best overall player by a substantial margin and one of the five best overall safeties in the NFL. He netted 2nd team All-Pro this year and there is no reason to think he can’t be in first team consideration next year.

While Adams was exposed quite a bit in coverage last season (I had him for 5 TDs allowed), it wasn’t like he was burnt toast. He was very close on a huge number of plays, but usually arrived just a beat too early or too late. With a year of experience, Adams definitely made up that inch of space. His instinct in coverage this season was phenomenal, and helped him finish the year with zero TDs allowed on 48 targets Michael Nania

Red Chip

1. Chris Herndon (62% of offensive snaps, 11th overall TE via PFF)

A potential mid round home run, Herndon came on strong down the stretch in the Jets offense and projects to being one of the top targets, if not the top target, in their passing game next season. Injury concerns caused him to drop in the NFL Draft but Herndon has the athleticism and strength to be weaponized as a receiver in the passing game and hold his own as a blocker. In today’s NFL, that is extremely valuable. Let’s hope whoever is running the Jets offense next year is able to maximize’s Herndon’s talent.

Herndon’s final numbers didn’t pop much relative to the rest of the league – 502 yards (17th among TEs), 39 catches (16th), and 4 touchdowns (9th). However, when you stack Herndon up against the historical production of other rookie TEs, and take into account that he didn’t even get involved in the offense until Week 6, that’s when you can see how much he really shined. Herndon finished his rookie season with 502 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while owning a yards per target average of 8.96 – Gronk is the only other rookie TE this century to hit all three of those marks. Since Week 6, the beginning of Herndon’s regular involvement in the offense, among tight ends he ranked 4th in touchdowns (4), 7th in yards (455), 13th in catches (34), and 2nd in yards per target (9.29) among the tight ends with 40+ targets, behind only George Kittle. – Michael Nania

2. Robby Anderson (68% of offensive snaps, 57th overall WR via PFF)

Yes, Robby Anderson who is here not because he is a top 20 receiver in the NFL but because of his unique ability to stretch the field. In a league that dominated by offenses and scoring points, the ability to do that quickly down the field is increasingly valuable. After a slow start to 2018, Anderson came on strong in the final month of the season, looking the part of one of the better young outside the number receivers in the NFL. Over a three game stretch against Buffalo, Houston and Green Bay, Anderson compiled 20 receptions, 222 yards and 3 touchdowns (he did this with Andre Roberts starting opposite him). It is worth noting that if Josh McCown played 16 games in 2017 and Sam Darnold played 16 games in 2018, Anderson is probably coming off back to back 1,000 yard seasons.

3. Darron Lee (72% of defensive snaps, 24th overall LB via PFF)

Similar to Anderson, I’d imagine people will be surprised to see Lee this high (particularly from this writer who has been skeptical of his output over the past three years). However, a linebacker with the speed to play horizontally is increasingly valuable in today’s league to slow down the offenses we discussed in Anderson’s entry. Lee has made incremental progress each of his three seasons and played his best game of the year vs. Tennessee prior to being suspended the final four games. Lee has the *potential* to settle into being an above average starter on a forward thinking defense (AKA not one coached by Todd Bowles) that maximizes his athleticism. He may also plateau as an average starter who flashes every few weeks but doesn’t bring any consistency. We will have a much better idea by this time next year.

Lee struggled to bring his run D up with his coverage ability, but I do think he took a huge step in the passing game this year. I tagged him for 3 TD, 9.3 Y/A, and an ugly 49% first down rate allowed in 2017. In 2018, he allowed only 1 TD, 6.1 Y/A, and a very strong 27% first down rate. I thought he did a great job minimizing YAC from RBs catching the ball in the flat. –Michael Nania

Starter

1. Leonard Williams (77% of defensive snaps, 31st overall DL via PFF)

As the 6th overall pick in the NFL Draft, Leonard Williams has been a disappointment through the first four years of his NFL career. This does not mean he isn’t a capable starter who can be an above average player at a low value position for stretches of games each season. Williams is the type of player who can regularly get pressure but not close on the sack and can make a generally positive impact against the run. The realty is that if you replaced him wth a JAG like Nathan Shepherd (who we will get to later), it is hard to believe the drop off on the Jets defense or overall team would be that substantial. The Jets may shop Williams this offseason to see if they can get inflated value based on where he was picked. This would be a wise choice so they can better allocate resources to positions that make a bigger weekly difference.

2. Kelvin Beachum (100% of offensive snaps, 40th overall OT via PFF)

A serviceable left tackle who suits up for every single snap. Finding a consistently capable player at such a critical position is not necessarily an easy task so fans should not sleep on Beachum’s roster value. He is never going to make an All-Pro team and probably will never make a Pro Bowl but he is still under 30 and under contract for one more year at fair money. He is a good bridge player as the team evolves their offensive line around Darnold in the coming years and is likely to remain a starter in 2019.

3. Quincy Enunwa (52% of offensive snaps, 59th overall WR via PFF)

The most physically gifted player on the team’s offense who recently received a contract extension from the team. Enunwa has struggled heavily to stay healthy the past two years but has shown flashes of potential as an excellent complementary offensive player when he can stay on the field. He went over 850 yards in 2016 and has demonstrated intriguing positional versatility. Over the first four games last year, Enunwa racked up 21 receptions, 278 yards and 1 touchdown. He can be that type of player if he can just stay on the field…a major if at this stage of his career.

4. Marcus Maye (35% of defensive snaps, 9th overall S via PFF)

Another “older” Maccagnan draft pick, Maye will be 26 years old entering his third NFL season. He had a very strong first half of the year in 2017 before hitting some struggles down the stretch and getting injured in the Jets final game. He returned to the field in week 4 this year but was consistently banged up and only played in six games before being shut down for the season for offseason surgery for the second year in a row. When he was out there, Maye was very good and looked like the guy he did early in his rookie season. There is no doubt Maye is a solid running mate for Jamal Adams, there is doubt if he can stay on the field with any consistency.

5. Brandon Shell (85% of offensive snaps, 57th overall OT via PFF)

Another player we unfortunately have to discuss injuries about. Shell was knocked out for the year in December with a knee injury that will limit his availability this offseason to an extent. The Jets are still planning on him being a part of the active roster in 2019 but it is fair to be wary of a player coming off such a serious injury. Similar to Maye, Shell was an older rookie and will be 27 years old in only his 4th season next year. He has been up and down throughout his career but has overall held his own as a starting right tackle and is likely to be out there as a starter, if healthy next year.

Shell is a below average starter in the league at this point in career and I’m not sure if the Jets should or will continue to roll with him. He has flashed some quality athletic traits including primarily his length, quick hands, fluid hips and ability to climb. The issue with even his positives is that he is inconsistent in using them correctly or letting the negatives outweigh them (including lack of strength, a wide punch, ducking his head, technique and inability to anchor). At this point Shell isn’t the biggest worry on the offensive line but is still a very replaceable player. – Joe Blewett

6. Avery Williamson (99% of defensive snaps, 18th overall LB via PFF)

A productive free agent acquisition before the 2018 season to replace Demario Davis, who is thriving in New Orleans. Williamson is a good starter at a low value position who is better against the run but inconsistent against the pass. There is no reason he cannot hold down his current role for the next 1-3 years but there is no reason to think the Jets could not easily replace him with the right middle round pick or another free agent acquisition. Williamson’s durability is a plus.

Williamson is a quality starter who is very effective in the run game but still has some struggles in the pass game. In the run game he is ultra aggressive in taking on offensive lineman with strong hands, base and with an understanding of leverage which leads to him blowing up the run game. In the pass game he still has his struggles with awareness of zones, being too locked in on the quarterback and not having great athleticism to move in coverage. –Joe Blewett

7. Jordan Jenkins (58% of defensive snaps, 102nd edge via PFF)

A steady mid-round pick who has the potential to inherit the mantle from Calvin Pace as a long term edge setter for the New York Jets defense. Jenkins tied Henry Anderson for the team lead in sacks this year and has progressed each passing season into a more complete football player. He does not have enough athleticism to be a top tier pass rusher but has enough of a motor and football awareness to be a solid complementary player on the edge who can play somewhere between 55-65% of your defensive snaps.

8. Henry Anderson (60% of defensive snaps, 36th overall DL via PFF)

A productive trade acquisition who tied for the team lead in sacks. Anderson had struggled to stay healthy for the Colts, which is why he has able to be had for only a 7th rounder. Nearly half of his sacks did come in one game but Anderson was consistently disruptive and looked the part of a quality starting 3-4 end. The Jets are like to re-sign him to a multi year deal this offseason and he would make the prospective trade of Leonard Williams easier to stomach, although there is valid concern his injury problems could resurface.

9. James Carpenter (62% of offensive snaps, 54th overall OF via PFF)

With each passing season Carpenter has struggled more and more as a starting NFL guard, after a strong debut for the team in 2015 and 2016. He ended this most recent season on injured reserve and is highly unlikely to be back, as the team will look to upgrade their interior offensive line to better protect Sam Darnold. Carpenter should get picked up elsewhere with a reasonable chance to start as he can still be competent in the right scheme that maximizes his strengths as an offensive lineman.

10. Morris Claiborne (89% of defensive snaps, 74th overall CB via PFF)

Claiborne has had surprising durability over his two year tenure with the Jets considering his injury problems in Dallas. After a fast start in 2017, he has been very inconsistent and struggled down the stretch in both seasons in New York. The Jets are going to need to do better on the outside as Claiborne’s health is not sustainable and cornerbacks do not age well (he will be 29 next year). It isn’t out of the question for him to be back on an another one year deal but he is likely to be a liability if so in 2019.

Claiborne is OK, if even that as a #2 corner. Technique, technique, technique are Claiborne’s biggest issues in coverage. Whether it be opening his hips too early, bailing with bad leverage letting WR’s get into his blind spots or looking at the WR’s eyes instead of hips. This was frustrating to watch because when (rarely) that he does play with technique he shows the fluidity in his hips allowing him to match receivers and ability to use his length pressing at the line. –Joe Blewett

11. Trumaine Johnson (60% of defensive snaps, 23rd overall CB via PFF)

One spot behind Claiborne because of what an albatross his contract is. Johnson was the classic big money free agent bust in 2018, struggling to stay on the field and struggling to play consistently good football when on it. He will be 29 years old this season and as mentioned above, cornerbacks don’t age particularly well. He is going to be starting for the team next year because of he is being paid but is unlikely to be able to thrive on an island in man coverage as he did earlier in his year.

Johnson ultimately finished with a team-high 4 picks in only 10 games, but those splash plays definitely masked his overall struggles. I had Johnson down for 8.9 yards allowed per target, easily the worst among the nine Jets with 15+ targets. I also hit him with 8 “mitigated burns” – lucky plays in which he was bailed out by a drop or bad throw – tied with Morris Claiborne for the team lead despite seeing 22 fewer targets than Claiborne. Ultimately, Johnson, who is 29 and was never an athletic behemoth in the first place, seemed like he had already started hitting the wall that CBs hit once they get up there. Adequate speed just wasn’t there. – Michael Nania

12. Bilal Powell (21% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Somehow was STILL the Jets best all around running back in 2018, all these years later but was knocked out for the season with a neck injury before we hit November. Powell has had a good run here but is unlikely to be back in 2019. He is still a capable, low cost back that can effectively play on all three downs. However, he does have trouble staying healthy whenever his workload is increased to lead back volume. Let’s hope he moves out of the division this offseason.

13. Isaiah Crowell (33% of offensive snaps, 37th overall RB via PFF)

A low cost starting running back who is okay on first and second down but does not add much value in the passing game. A boom or bust runner who can disappear for weeks at time and suffered a season ending injury in early December. The Jets need to do better at lead rusher for Darnold but Crowell could be back in a backup capacity. They have failed this offseason if he remains their “starting” running back in 2019.

Crowell is just an ok running back and shouldn’t be the lead back for the offense the jets are trying to (hopefully) build but could be a good complimentary piece. Crowell is more then just a “power back” that some believe as he shows a nice ability to make sharp cuts and burst out of them, always fights for extra yards, sets up blockers well and has good contact balance. BUT there are a few fatal flaws including his terrible pass blocking, inconsistent vision and some technique flaws that will hold him back from ever being a good lead back option. – Joe Blewett

14. Mike Pennel (32% of defensive snaps, 17th overall DL via PFF)

A ready made two down run stuffing replacement for Steve McLendon who has taken a good step forward this season. He is a low cost player who is good at his job, although is never going to crack 50% of the total defensive snaps. He won’t be Snacks but he will be a capable player in the middle of the Jets defensive line.

15. Steve McLendon (42% of defensive snaps, 30th overall DL via PFF)

Similar to Pennel but older (he just turned 33). McLendon may not be back next year but if he is, he is more than capable of continuing to hold down his role in the middle of the Jets defensive line. Ultimately, the Jets have got decent value out of his free agent contract which was signed before the 2016 season. McLendon is one of the more vocal leaders on the team, which could potentially influence a decision to keep him around for another season.

16. Daryl Roberts (65% of defensive snaps, 43rd overall CB via PFF)

A useful backup who holds his own when he is regularly inserted into the starting lineup. He struggled down the stretch when asked to play safety but has always been competent at cornerback in short spurts of games. Considering his age and cost, you can argue he is a better value roster than both Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne.

JAG 

  1. Buster Skrine (62% of defensive snaps, 105th overal CB via PFF)

A slot corner who has seen better days and is nearing the end of his time with the Jets. Skrine has struggled to stay healthy in recent years and has been a consistent liability on the back end, despite being a high motor guy who is good for a few head turning positive plays every couple of games. Finding a quality slot corner is not an easy task but with Skrine hitting 30 this year, the Jets will be looking this offseason.

2. Brian Winters (100% of offensive snaps, 34th overall OG via PFF)

A holdover from the previous regime, Winters got a new contract from the current front office and has struggled ever since. He is a player who is still under contract but will likely be somebody the Jets are looking to upgrade this offseason. Easier said than done with a less than inspiring group of free agents out there and no second round pick, so it wouldn’t be shocking if he is back as a starter in 2019.

Winters is someone who has disappointed after he signed his contract prior to the 2017/18 season. Last season it was easily to blame his injuries for his struggles but we saw more of the same this past season with his struggles with his awareness in both pass sets and run sets, hand placement, feet and more. Like Shell, Winters isn’t the first or even the second piece the Jets need to replace on the line but he won’t be part of the future if the Jets want to surround Darnold with the best offensive line possible (parting the Red Sea level good). – Joe Blewett

3. Elijah McGuire (32% of offensive snaps, 61st overall RB via PFF)

A player who is generally overrated by Jets fans, McGuire is a useful, complementary player in the passing game who heavily struggles as a runner. He had the lowest YPC of any back in the NFL with over 50 carries in 2018 and lost two fumbles, as he only racked up 276 yards on 92 carries (3.0 YPC). McGuire should have a role here next season as a backup/situational player behind somebody like Le’Veon Bell (hopefully).

4. Jonotthan Harrison (50% of offensive snaps, 30th overall C via PFF)

A useful backup offensive lineman who has played better than the center he has replaced the past two years (Wesley Johnson and Spencer Long). The Jets would be wise to keep around for depth purposes as he also has the ability to play guard.

5. Spencer Long (80% of offensive snaps, 37th overall C via PFF)

A whiff of a free agent signing, Long struggled at center snapping the football (while playing through an injury) and blocking. He did marginally better at guard but nowhere near as head turning as some Jets fans made it out to be. He will be probably be around in some capacity next year, either as a marginal starter or a quality backup. The Jets have to do better at center for Darnold and missed the boat by not signing Weston Richburg or Ryan Jensen.

6. Brandon Copeland (54% of defensive snaps, 53rd overall edge via PFF)

A nice bargain bin free agent signing who racked up 5 sacks in a part time role and helped fill the Jets anticipated role at edge. It is probably unwise to expect him to replicate that production in 2o19 based on the rest of his career but he is a useful rotational player in the front seven who can contribute on special teams, so expect him back next year.

7. Frankie Luvu (39% of defensive snaps, 81st overall edge via PFF)

A pleasant surprise as a UDFA who logged more snaps than most anticipated and grabbed 3 sacks in the process. Luvu should be a rotational pass rusher and backup next year but counting on him to do more than that means the Jets didn’t do their job at edge this offseason.

Luvu is someone we saw a lot of this season, more then we should be the Jets NEED a true pass rushing OLB. But that’s not to say that fans shouldn’t be happy with the UDFA out of Washington State who was a long shot at camp. Looking at Luvu over the 2018 season I was impressed with his motor which is always running hot, leverage and the aggressive nature that he took on blocks with, which lead to the rookie having 3 sacks. Luvu still has a long way to develop in multiple areas in his game and has some issues that he can’t overcome including lack of athleticism, burst and overall size that will lead to him staying a reserve type player. Hopefully for the Jets they bring in a true weak side OLB (Allen, Bosa, Burns to name a few options) that Luvu is competing hard for a backup/role player position instead of starting – Joe Blewett

8. Nathan Shepherd (30% of defensive snaps, 89th overall DL via PFF)

Another “old” Maccagnan draft pick, Shepherd will be 26 next season and failed to make any impact in his rookie season. There was no “hidden production,” he was just a small school prospect who struggled with the defensive snaps he was given. Considering his draft status, the Jets will give him another opportunity next year to carve out a rotational role up front.

The Jets were primarily a 3-4 defense this year, meaning Nathan Shepherd’s primary responsibility was as a two-gapping role player rather than somebody who was expected to rack up sexy stats. With that said, I’m not even sure he did well with his “off the statsheet” contributions – I felt like Shepherd struggled to create meaningful penetration in the run game. In 343 snaps, Shepherd made very few splash plays both as a pass rusher (0 sacks, 5 QB hits) and on the football (1 TFL, 5 solo tackles, 0 PD, FF, or FR). Shepherd’s snap totals gradually decreased as the season went on, finishing off a disappointing debut season for the 25 (!!!) year old rookie –Michael Nania

9. Derrick Jones (3% of defensive snaps  U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

A cornerback with intriguing athleticism who played well during the preseason and should have received a longer look in the regular season. It is a long shot but Jones may be an answer on the outside for the Jets as they look to potentially move on from Morris Claiborne. At worst, he should be a serviceable 4th or 5th cornerback.

10. Parry Nickerson (19% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

The presumed successor to Skrine in the slot, Nickerson looked overwhelmed when given an opportunity as a rookie. He will receive another look long next summer but it is too risky to assume he can handle that role full time next year based on what we’ve seen to date and knowing he was only a 6th rounder for a reason.

It was a rocky rookie season for Nickerson in his limited relief snaps early in the season. I had him finishing the year allowing 228 yards on 27 targets (8.4 per target, second worst among qualified Jets behind Trumaine Johnson), and 2 TDs against 0 INTs. Initially, I felt Nickerson looked best in zone where his athleticism could flash, but then he went out and allowed two TDs out of zone against the Colts. Ultimately, Nickerson’s click-and-close ability really stood out at times, but it wasn’t enough to make up for his very raw coverage ability and instincts. I do think the door is open for him to make a leap towards becoming a quality slot corner for the Jets, potentially providing a cheap Buster Skrine replacement, but he didn’t do nearly enough for the Jets to count on it. –Michael Nania

11. Deontay Burnett (13% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Made plays when given the opportunity and should have seen more action down the stretch, Burnett went to college with Darnold and the two clearly have some type of chemistry. Burnett should be able to provide good depth to whoever the Jets top three receivers are next season. Asking him to do more than that based on a good half against the Bears and a good game in week 17 against New England is too ambitious.

12. Neville Hewitt (24% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

A run of the mill backup inside linebacker who can contribute on special teams. Hewitt was OK filling in for Lee during the final four games but struggled in pass coverage. He is a fine as a 3rd or 4th linebacker but is stretched as a starter.

13. Jordan Leggett (32% of offensive snaps, 31st overall TE via PFF)

Was better than expected as a blocker but a nonfactor as a pass catcher. Leggett’s lack of burst and athleticism make him a low ceiling #2 option behind Herndon. If the Jets want a more dynamic offense, they need to be more explosive when they have multiple tight ends on the field, a common thing in today’s NFL.

14. Neal Sterling (12% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Had an encouraging preseason and was the top tight end coming out of camp but has struggled with concussions, putting his playing career into question. Sterling is a former receiver with intriguing measurables who should be back in camp next year but expectations should be low.

Roster Filler

  1. Jermaine Kearse (63% of offensive snaps, 85th overall WR via PFF)

Coming off his best year in 2017, Kearse was atrocious in 2018 as one of the least efficient receivers in the NFL. Despite receiving 76 targets, second on the team, he only had 37 receptions and 371 yards. He also repeatedly complained about the quarterback and OC, despite regularly dogging it on the field and dropping passes.

2. Rashard Robinson (7% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

A failed trade attempt in 2017 for a 5th round pick, Robinson has been brutal when given an opportunity in the regular season and dealt with a suspension. He’d be cut if the GM did not trade a pick for him.

3. Tarell Basham (8% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

A sub JAG pass rusher who stumbled into some playing time in the Jets front seven. Unlikely to make any notable impact on the 2019 roster.

4. Jeremiah Attaochu (15% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

See above.

5. Doug Middleton (20% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Had opportunity to fill in for Marcus Maye early in the season but struggled in an expanded role and has never ben able to stay healthy at this level.

6. Terrence Brooks (6% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Acquired in a trade for Dexter McDougle (remember that name?) two years back, Brooks is fine as a fourth safety and special teams player.

7. Rontez Miles (7% of defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

A special teamer coming off an injury filled season.

8. Trenton Cannon (18% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Interesting top end speed but looked wildly overmatched as a NFL running back when given the opportunity and was prone to special teams mistakes. It wouldn’t be surprising if he wasn’t on the roster by the end of next season.

8. Dakota Dozier (10% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

A long time mediocre backup lineman who also took some reps at fullback this year. It is surprising he has stuck around as long as he has.

9. Eric Tomlinson (35% of offensive snaps, 69th overall TE via PFF) 

A bad version of Ben Hartsock who was overmatched this year in his role of a backup/blocking tight end.

10. Brent Qvale (16% of offensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

The Jets had to start him due to injuries late in the season and it was as ugly as you’d expect.

11. Foley Fatukasi (3 total defensive snaps, U/R due to lack of snaps via PFF)

Waste of a roster spot in 2018.

12. Jeremy Clark (o defensive snaps played)

Unlikely to ever play a meaningful snap here. Only on the roster still because the team used a draft pick on him.

Special Teams 

Jason Myers (Jets primary kicker for all 16 games, 3rd ranked via PFF)

Had a career/Pro Bowl year for the Jets who are likely to bring him back. This season was a major outlier for him but credit to the front office for being able to successfully cycle through quality kickers the past few years.

Andre Roberts (Jets primary returner for all 16 games, 1st ranked via PFF)

Had a career/Pro Bowl year for the Jets who are likely to bring him back. This season was a major outlier for him but credit to the front office for being able to successfully find a returner after all these years.

Lachlan Edwards (Jets primary punter for all 16 games)

An improving, capable punter who needs to be used far too frequently.

Thomas Hennessy (Jets primary long snapper for all 16 games)

A competent long snapper.

Overall

  • 1 Blue Chip (Adams)
  • 3 Red Chips (Herndon, Anderson, Lee)
  • 16 starters
  • 14 JAGs
  • 12 Roster Fillers
  • 3 Quarterbacks
  • 4 Special Teamers

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports