New York Jets – 2021 Building Blocks

Michael Meegan on the New York Jets 2021 building blocks

When building a roster in the NFL the 5 most vital positions in my eyes are QB, OT, Edge, CB, and WR.  When you look at all the best teams in the NFL you will normally find them to be deep at these positions.  The 2020 New York Jets are a horrible football team that needs its coaching staff and roster completely overhauled.  While they do not inspire much hope on Sundays they do have some potential building blocks that are going to be key parts of the team when Joe Douglas hopefully turns this roster around rather quickly. 

LT Mekhi Becton – Becton is a special player who has been dominating his rookie year.  Becton from his first snap in the league has been everything and more that Jets fans could have hoped for when they took him 11th overall in this past year’s draft.  If he stays healthy he is going to be the best LT in football before his rookie contract expires.  

DT Quinnen Williams – Quinnen does not play one of the premium positions I mentioned previously but he should be recognized for his strong play this year.  He was not good as a rookie but he is starting to look more and more like he was worth the third overall pick every week.  The Jets do not have a lot of talent on defense and surrounding Q with more talent around him is only going to make him more of a dominant player.  

WR Denzel Mims –  After missing the first 6 games with injuries Denzel Mims has hit the ground running in his rookie year.  He has over 40 yards in every game he has played and is averaging almost 17 yards a catch.  He is doing this in a horrid offense with multiple QB’s.  Many projected Mims to be a very good number 2 WR coming out of Baylor but I think he has the chance to be the number 1 option in a good offense.  With the NFL going to 17 games next year if Mims can play a full season I think he can go for 1200 yards next year and give the Jets the best young skill player since Santana Moss.  

What is missing 

QB – Unfortunately Sam Darnold is not going to become the franchise QB we wanted him to be with the Jets.  The Jets would have to go 3-3 in their last 6 to not pick 1 or 2 and 5 of their last 6 games are against teams that are playoff contenders.  Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields will be the Jets QB in 2021 and beyond and these are two of the best QB prospects of recent memory and either should really excite the fan base going forward.

Edge – The Jets not having an edge rusher is an evergreen statement that has rang true for 15 years.  We have not seen enough of Bryce Huff and Jabari Zuniga to rely on them as full time starters going forward.  The Jets need 2 full time starters at edge and should look to both FA and the draft to address it.

CB –  The Jets corners have been awful this year.  Pierre Desir turned out to be Trumaine Johnson level bad and Bless Austin has been worked in coverage constantly and is now on IR with a neck injury.  Brian Poole is out for the season with an injury and is out of a contract this year.  Bryce Hall had a nice debut on Sunday but we need more than a one game sample size to pencil him in as a plus starter going forward.    

The Future 

There should be hope for the Jets future as they have 4 first round picks in the next two drafts as well as the 2nd most cap space in the NFL.  The Jets’ offense I think can become a top 12 offense next year if Joe Douglas keeps adding talent to the group and they get an offensive coach who is not Adam Gase.  The defense is a multiple offseason project as they have no building blocks at edge or corner right now and expecting them to find multiple in one offseason is a tough ask.  Offense is infinitely more important the defense in today’s NFL and there is no reason this team playing a 4th placed schedule should not be a fringe wildcard team like were seeing the Arizona Cardinals become in 2020.