The Biggest Positions the New York Jets Still Need to Fill

Steven LernerContributor IMay 14, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Chansi Stuckey #83 of The New York Jets runs with the ball against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

With great defensive additions such as Bart Scott, Lito Sheppard, Jim Leonard, and Donald Strickland in free agency, and great offensive additions such as Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene in the draft, the Jets filled several important positions during the offseason.

However, there are three big question marks that remain for this team. If the Jets don't fill these positions in, it could spell big trouble for Gang Green in '09.

Wide Receiver

It's been said over and over again: The Jets need a speedy No. 1 wide receiving threat who can stretch the field, create mismatches, and intimidate defenses. The Jets lack this.

What the Jets have is one legitimate starter in Jerricho Cotchery, and three possible backups with limited experience in David Clowney, Chansi Stucky, and Brad Smith.

Without an experienced threat at wide receiver, Mark Sanchez could be in for a long rookie season. In order for Sanchez to be successful in his rookie campaign, he needs another starting receiver.

There are some veteran options on the market and the Jets need to explore these options before it's too late.


Tight End

The Jets also lack a decent blocking tight end, which could hurt the Jets on many offensive plays.

On the roster, Dustin Keller and Bubba Franks are clearly good receiving tight ends, but not blocking tight ends. The Jets must address this.


Defensive End

Yes, the free agent signing of Marque Douglas is a big help, but he's only good as a backup defensive end, not a starter. Kenyon Coleman is thankfully gone, but they still have one decent defensive end in Shaun Ellis, who is getting old however. Either way, the Jets need another defensive end for the other side of the line.

Without a threat at defensive end, the Jets could be susceptible to big running plays and may lack the intimidation to scare quarterbacks. The rest of the Jets' defense is great, but this is the only hole. The Jets must fill this hole now. If they do, they'll have one of the best defenses in the league in 2009. 



The Jets made great moves in the offseason, but without a new starting wide receiver, a blocking tight end, and a threat at defensive end, all of those offseason moves could be for nothing.