Over the next month, "SportsCenter" will put every NFL team "On The Clock." Scouts Inc. will break down each team and look at what questions still need answering. The Jets are up now.
The Jets were active in the early days of free agency, when they acquired Jones in a trade with the Chicago Bears. Jones is a solid north-south runner who appears to be getting better each year. The Jets also added FB Darian Barnes (Dolphins), QB Marques Tuiasosopo (Raiders), and re-signed RT Anthony Clement. Tuiasosopo is an experienced quarterback who will compete with second-year player Kellen Clemens in training camp for the No. 2 spot behind Pennington.
Defensively, the Jets added DE Kenyon Coleman (Cowboys), who is a versatile player who fits their 3-4 scheme. Another key addition that should add more spice to the Jets-Patriots' rivalry was New England WR coach Brian Daboll. Daboll is a solid addition to the Jets' coaching staff and is expected to coach the quarterbacks.
The Jets entered free agency without any marquee players of their own who were set to become free agents. However, the Jets did lose FB B.J. Askew to the Buccaneers. Askew was a versatile player who was used mainly as a blocker with value on special teams. They also released backup running backs Kevan Barlow and Derrick Blaylock, QB Patrick Ramsey and C Trey Teague. Jets brought in Barlow as a possible replacement for franchise RB Curtis Martin, but he was a disappointment.
Heading into the offseason, Tannenbaum wanted to fill as many needs as possible to place the Jets in a position to take the best player available in next month's NFL draft. Offensively, the Jets must find a solid third option in the passing game that can complement both Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery, especially when attacking the middle intermediate areas of the field. The defense is still a concern until the Jets can find a shutdown corner and a defensive end who can create pressure when attacking off the edge. The Jets' run defense should be much improved in Year 2 of this regime based on better understanding of gap responsibilities and run fits in Mangini's