The New York Jets ended their offseason program on June 15. Here’s a look at how they fared:
Offseason goals/grade: After their sixth straight season out of the playoffs, the Jets decided to tear it down and start a long, painful rebuild — a radical approach. They executed the plan with conviction, stripping the roster of big names and big salaries. They dumped 11 veterans, including future Ring-of-Honor members David Harris, Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis. For the most part, they replaced the departed 11 with cheap free agents and unproven young players. Let’s be clear: This is a tank job, and it’s not hard to understand the motivation. If the Jets land the No. 1 overall pick in 2018, they’ll have their pick of what figures to be a strong quarterback class. They also will have $80 million in cap room next year. In the meantime, they’ll have one of the worst rosters in the league. If we base a final grade on that, it would be a “D” or worse, but their plan must be evaluated from a big-picture standpoint because this is only phase one of a huge project. Grade: C+.
Move I liked: Let’s call it one move and one non-move, and they’re tied together. Resisting the urge to reach for a quarterback in the first round, they made the right call by selecting safety Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick. Quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes were available, either of whom would’ve excited the fan base, but the last thing they needed was another developmental quarterback to join Christian Hackenberg and
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