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What Offseason Moves Are Next for the New York Jets with the Draft Complete?

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMay 14, 2014

What Offseason Moves Are Next for the New York Jets with the Draft Complete?

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    Free agency has long since passed and the draft is now complete, but the New York Jets still have a lot to do before they're ready to hit the field in 2014. 

    While Gang Green will likely not make any more major moves, there is still a great deal for general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan to accomplish. 

    The Jets must solve several key positional battles and address some concerns at several spots on the depth chart, among other things. 

    Click through to see what New York still has to do before the offseason comes to a close. 

Sign Each of the Team's Draft Picks

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    Before the Jets focus on moving players up and down the depth chart, they must first fill out the roster. 

    Gang Green selected a league-high 12 players in this past weekend's draft, meaning the front office has a lot of work ahead of it in order to secure each new addition. 

    Many teams have already begun signing their draft selections, but the Jets are not among them. 

    However, Idzik and Co. would be smart to get each of their picks under contract as soon as possible, as it's important for the rookies to have time to adapt to the NFL and learn the team's playbook. 

    Any sort of delay could seriously disrupt the learning curve of some of New York's selections. 

     

Determine Which Role Chris Johnson Will Have in the Backfield

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    New York made several big splashes in free agency this offseason, but perhaps no addition was bigger than that of running back Chris Johnson. 

    Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowler, is one of seven players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, a feat he accomplished in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans.

    And while his production has dipped in recent years, he's still among the most explosive offensive players in the league. 

    But what role will he plays on a Jets offense that already includes Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell?

    Johnson could be used in a multitude of ways, depending on how the Jets see him. 

    CJ2K is a solid pass-catcher, meaning he could see time on third downs. Don't be surprised if he's also the primary option between the 20s on most drives. 

    The red zone is likely where Johnson will see few to no snaps, as he's struggled in short-yardage situations in recent years. 

     

Figure out Who the No. 2 WR Opposite Eric Decker Is

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    The Jets made a bold choice by not opting to take a wide receiver until the fourth round of the draft. 

    Obviously, Idzik and the front office viewed the secondary and tight end as greater needs. 

    However, the decision leaves New York without many receiving options outside of free-agent signing Eric Decker

    Yes, they have Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson. However, Kerley is better utilized in the slot, and Nelson, despite an impressive 2013, is best reserved as the fourth or fifth option in the passing game. 

    But what about Stephen Hill?

    Well, two years into his career, Hill is looking more and more like a bust. He's been unable to translate his physical tools into productivity. 

    New York could even sign a veteran free agent to a one-year deal in order to improve the receiving corps. 

    However, it's hard to name a player on the current roster or available in free agency that's capable of stepping up and becoming the team's go-to option outside of Decker. 

     

Sort out the Cornerback Depth Chart Behind Dee Milliner

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    As with wide receiver, the Jets shocked many by not taking a cornerback until the third round of the draft. 

    Most fans and experts expected New York to take a cover man with at least one of their first two picks.

    Nonetheless, Idzik thought differently. 

    The move now leaves the Jets without a surefire No. 2 cornerback opposite second-year man Dee Milliner on the outside. 

    The players most likely to compete for the role are new addition Dimitri Patterson, former first-round pick Kyle Wilson and third-round selection Dexter McDougle. 

    However, each of those players is a major question mark. 

    Patterson is a career backup who's played for seven teams in the last decade. 

    Wilson's never lived up to his predraft potential and is likely best kept in the nickel role.

    McDougle is still raw and not viewed as an immediate starter by most scouts.

    No matter how you spin it, the Jets have some serious concerns at cornerback.  

     

Determine Whether Geno Smith or Michael Vick Is the Starting Quarterback

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    Every prior move talked about in this article ultimately pales in comparison to this one. 

    This decision will have major ramifications, and it will show whether the Jets are truly in win-now mode. 

    If New York decides that they've had enough of Geno Smith as the starter and elect to start Michael Vick, it will show a lack of patience by the front office. It will mean that Gang Green's throwing all their chips into the pile for the season. 

    On the other hand, starting Smith could upset a fanbase that desperately wants a competitive team, as even with better receiving options, the former West Virginia star is likely to experience some growing pains. However, starting experience could be critical for Smith's overall development into a franchise signal-caller. 

    It's tough to predict what the Jets will do at this moment in time. I'd say it's basically a toss-up.

    The offseason won't be complete, though, until Ryan steps up to a podium and announces who the team's starting quarterback will be in Week 1. 

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