It has been a jarring offseason for the New York Jets and their fan base. The Eric Mangini era (many moons ago) brought four core players who had incredible runs with the team. While D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired before the 2016 season, Nick Mangold, David Harris and Darrelle Revis rode out another year in green and white.
With all three being released this offseason, what players on the roster could make up the new “core four” of the future? Here are the top candidates.
A productive superstar talent who has the drive to be a team leader, Williams is an absolute lock for the core four, perhaps for a decade. The defensive end turns 23 on June 20. Of the talented trio which also includes Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, Williams is the only one guaranteed to be part of the Jets’ future plans on the defensive line.
In his second NFL season he tallied a whopping 55 quarterback pressures with 48 solo stops. With the ability to play five-tech, three-tech, shade-nose and nose tackle, he is the most versatile piece on the Jets’ defensive line and certainly the most talented. Pencil him in as the face of the defense for a long time.
The 2017 top-10 selection hasn’t even played a regular-season down in the NFL, but his future looks as promising as anyone not named Leonard Williams. After consistently impressing with the starting unit in OTAs and minicamp, the safety is expected to make an instant impact in 2017.
3) Jamal Adams – best safety talent I’ve seen since Eric Berry and Earl Thomas…
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