With training camp just around the corner, it's time to examine the roster changes that occured during the 2009 offseaon for the New York Jets. I'll breakdown the changes by position, then take a look at what we gained, lost and an outlook to the future.
- Gained: Mark Sanchez
- Lost: Brett Favre and Brett Ratliff
- Outlook: The Jets created one of the most dramatic moments in this year's draft by trading up in the first round to snag quarterback Mark Sanchez. Great move. Sanchez has a great arm and he has a bright future in the NFL. In training camp, he'll battle with Kellen Clemens for the starting job, but either way, the Quarterback postion will be slightly weak in 2009.
Running Back/Full Back
- Gained: Shonne Greene
- Lost: Noah Herron
- Outlook: Entering the offseason, the Jets maintained one of the strongest running games in the NFL. Adding Shonne Greene to the roster adds depth to the position (look for Greene to damage many defenses in the fourth quarter) and provides a great player for the future as well. With Tony Richardson serving as a blocking full back, the Jet's running game of Jones, Washington and Greene will be one of the best in the league.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
- Gained: n/a
- Lost: Laveranues Coles and Chris Baker
- Outlook: The good news is that Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller are both starters. The bad news is that the Jets are a little empty when it comes to a starting receiving corp. As of right now, one of the reserves, either Chansi Stuckey, David Clowney and Brad Smith, will need to step it up as a starting wide receiver. The Jets need to sign a better wide receiver soon, or they could regret it in the season.
- Gained: Matt Slauson and Mike Kracalik
- Lost: n/a
- Outlook: The starting offensive line is among the best in the NFL. Leading the way for the Jets on the line are Pro Bowlers Nick Mangold and Alan Faneca. Let's hope the starters stay healthy, because the reserves lack starting experience in the NFL.
- Gained: Marques Douglas and Howard Green
- Lost: Kenyon Coleman and CJ Mosley
- Outlook: I'm glad to see that bum Coleman out of New York. But the Jets aren't particually strong on the defensive line, especially at defensive end. Many of the defensive ends, including Shaun Ellis, are good, but are aging. Jenkins is clearing the leader here, and hopefully Green and Pouha can give Jenkins some periods of rest during games.
- Gained: Bart Scott and Larry Izzo
- Lost: Eric Barton, David Bowens, Brad Kassel and Cody Spencer
- Outlook: Make no mistake Jet fans—what the Jets gained outweighed what they lost here in the offseason. Scott gives the Jets a true leader on the defense. Along with David Harris and Izzo, they'll dominate the inside. On the outside, the Jets still have Calvin Pace (after week 4), Bryan Thomas and Vernon Gholston. That's right, you heard me—Gholston will be a big part of the Jets in 2009
- Gained: Lito Sheppard, Jim Leonhard and Donald Strickland
- Lost: David Barrett, Abram Elam and Hank Poteat
- Outlook: The Jets will boast one of the strongest secondaries in the NFL. The Jets finally have two legitmate cornerbacks in Revis and Sheppard, plus backups Strickland, Lowery and Coleman provide excellent depth. Leonhard and Kerry Rhodes are two of the best safties in the league and Eric Smith off the bench sounds great.
In conclusion, the Jets made many roster changes in 2009. Some of these changes improved the team, and there other changes that must be made soon. Perhaps the biggest addition in 2009 was new head coach Rex Ryan. If he can get the Jets defense to play like the Ravens defense, hopes will remain high for the Jets in 2009.