“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…