New York Jets: 5 Positions They Still Need to Address in One Way or Another

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIMay 4, 2011

New York Jets: 5 Positions They Still Need to Address in One Way or Another

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets sacks John Beck #3 of the Washington Redskins  during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty
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    With six picks in this years NFL Draft the New York Jets were able to address a lot of weak spots on their roster.

    They shored up the defensive line with their first two pick, and added a wide receiver and quarterback for more depth at those positions as well.

    While the Jets filled up these holes, there are still some places on the roster that either lack bodies, or are a weakness on the team.

    The following slideshow points out the five remaining positions the Jets need to address this offseason, whether through signing free agents or re-signing players on the team.

    As always feel free to comment below with what positions the Jets still need to add to.

Safety

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Alge Crumpler #82 of the New England Patriots tries to avoid the tackle of Brodney Pool #22 of the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (
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    One position that I was very surprised the Jets didn't go after in the draft was safety.

    Although it looks like right now the Jets have four safeties on the roster in Jim Leonhard, Brodney Pool, James Ihedigbo and Eric Smith, there are questions surrounding each of these players.

    Leonhard is coming back from a broken leg, an injury that is not easy to overcome at a position that involves so much running.

    Pool could be gone as a free agent if the Jets don't re-sign him, which at this point seems to be the case.

    Throw in the fact that both Ihedigbo and Smith are unproven and it seems the Jets are in need of at least another safety on the roster.

    It seems as though the Jets pursuit of Bob Sanders shows that they understand this, and I would not be surprised to see them sign a safety once the lockout is off.

Outside Linebacker

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Linebacker Jason Taylor #99 of the New York Jets lines up on defense against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won
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    The other position that I was the most surprised the Jets didn't go after in the draft was outside linebacker, and specifically a good pass rushing 'backer.

    Both Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace are solid outside linebackers, but what the Jets really need is a player who can go on the field on third down and get to the quarterback.

    With the departure of Jason Taylor the Jets need to address that in some way, possibly through a trade as the available pass rushing linebackers is limited.

    Most players would love to come and play for Rex Ryan and his Jets defense, and it shouldn't be too difficult for the organization to go out and find a qualified pass rusher.

Inside Linebacker

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots makes a reception against Bart Scott #57 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    Bart Scott and David Harris make up one of the best inside linebacker duos in the league, and the Jets don't need a replacement for either one.

    What the Jets do need is to add some depth behind them. No offense to Lance Laury and Josh Mauga, but they are not really viable options if one of the starters were to go down.

    I didn't really expect for the Jets to address this need in the draft as there are plenty of middle linebackers that are free agents that I imagine would love to come to New York.

    As is the case with a lot of positions on the Jets, they have some of the best players in the league as starters and then players almost no one has heard of behind them.

Kicker/Punter

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Place kicker Nick Folk #2 and Steve Weatherford #9 of the New York Jets celebrates after Folk successfully kicked a game-winning a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to win 17-16 against the Indianapolis Colts during
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    I have combined both of these positions because they are in very similar situations, with players who have shown they can be at the top of the league but who struggled at times last season.

    Most Jets fans were calling for Nick Folk to be cut halfway through the season, as he missed plenty of kicks that cost the Jets. Folk came through big in the playoffs including making one of the bigger kicks in Jets history when he beat the Colts as the final seconds ticked off.

    Steve Weatherford actually set the record for most punts inside the 20 last season, but in many ways also collapsed in the playoffs with kicks constantly going off the side of his foot.

    Both of these players are now free agents and it will be up to the Jets whether they want to bring them back or not. Fortunately, with kickers and punters, that decision does not need to be made until right before the season starts, and the Jets should have plenty of time to give a variety of players the opportunity to try out.

Offensive Tackle

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  (L-R) D'Brickashaw Ferguson #60, Wayne Hunter #78 and Matt Slauson #68 of the New York Jets look on dejceted late in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massac
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    The Jets have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but could really use some added depth on the outside edges.

    Both D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Wayne Hunter are without backups and if either went down the Jets would need to scramble to find a replacement.

    The Jets need to look on the market for a player who can play both sides, and who is willing to take a backseat and be called in for spot starts.

    The Jets offensive line is slowly starting to get up there in years, and it may not be a bad idea to add some fresh new bodies to it now.