Even the most realistic New York Jets fan realizes the team needs a ton of work in the offseason.
There are holes to fill all over the roster, the salary cap needs to be straightened out, a new general manager needs to be broken in and the team will be working with practically an entirely new coaching staff in 2013.
One of the things that hasn't been discussed much in the Jets' reclamation project is that the current players on the roster need to continue growing as well.
Even in a down year like 2012, players like Muhammad Wilkerson, Jeremy Kerley and Antonio Cromartie took big steps forward in their production with each recording their best season as a Jet.
The Jets could add all the help they want in the offseason, but if the players on the current roster don't continue to grow, it's not going to matter much.
Nobody knows for sure who will or who won't be on the roster for the 2013 season, so this slideshow only considered players under contract for next season.
It's entirely possible that some of these players could be cut, traded or benched, but for the sake of this slideshow, we're going to assume that they are all around.
Here's a look at seven key Jets and what they need to improve on for next year.
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