Joe Douglas starts huge off-season with flexibility to acquire talent the Jets desperately need – The Mercury News

Joe Douglas knows the Jets’ current state is inadequate, and announced on Monday that the goal is to play a meaningful game in 2022 after finishing 2021 at 4-13.

Even though GM was pleased with the growth from an extremely young roster, they’re nowhere near the Jets’ results over the past two years.

“Four wins, that’s not good enough. Six wins in two years. It’s not good enough,” Douglas said. “We have to get better especially in the division. We have to win divisional games. We have a lot of work to do going forward.” We need to get better across the board.”

Douglas is right: the Jets have lost 12 straight divisional games.

Gang Green needs talent and it’s up to Douglas to hook it up.

“For me, I have a better job to do. This is going to be my third off-season,” said Douglas. “I have to make better decisions going forward and coach Saleh to put this team in a better position to win the game. I have to help.”

It begins with adding talent around Zach Wilson, who had a tremendous rookie season after finishing bottom in every major statistical category.

Wilson was ranked 30th or 31st in yards, touchdowns, passer ratings, and QBR, and completed 55% of his passes for the worst points in the league. He had the sixth-most interceptions in the league with 11, but cut turnover, his last five starts with none.

To be fair, production passing through the end of the year was hit by a rash of injuries within the jets receiving core.

Douglas’ faith in Wilson hasn’t wavered.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth from Zach this year. I think it’s hard to be a novice playing quarterback in this league,” said Douglas. “I think about the progress you’ve seen Zach make since coming back from injury , on top of that, not always being in play position with his start, running back, tight end, at all skill places on wide receiver. But to improvise, keeping the team in contention of late in these games, a bit weak. And on top of that taking care of football. I think those were all pretty impressive things in the back half of the season. So, I feel very confident about their development going forward.”

Elijah Moore missed six games with a quad injury and a concussion. Corey Davis missed eight games due to a hip injury and then a core muscle injury that ended his season. Jamieson Crowder missed five due to his calf, groin and COVID-19. And Crowder walked into the first half of the season finale with the same shin injury. Keelan Cole missed three due to a knee injury and COVID-19.

Braxton Berrios and Cole were the only receivers to play most of the season.

Wilson has played for only two games (vs. The Eagles and Falcons) with his top three receiving choices (Davis, Moore and Crowder). And in an Eagles game, Wilson produced a three-touchdown performance.

Outside of an injury to Mekhi Becton, the offensive line was relatively healthy until the past two weeks when Conor McGovern and George Fant lost two games. 1 tight end Tyler Croft of the Jets played only nine games.

On the other side of the ball, the Jets defense finished 32nd in total yards, 29th in run defence, 30th on pass defense and 32nd in scoring defense.

A large part of the defensive crisis was due to Jet’s injuries and lack of talent. Marcus May, Carl Lawson and Lamarcus Joyner all suffered injuries at the end of the season, leaving the unit with injuries.

The defensive line performed poorly in the year with only 21 sacks; It was also not strong enough against runs.

CJ Mosley played well on his return, but the rest of the group was below average. The Jets had a rough diamond with Quincy Williams, who finished second in tackles (107) after joining the Jets at the end of training camp after being bitten by Jacksonville. The signing of Jarad Davis was a shock. Hamsa Nasirildine and Jamian Sherwood’s experiment of changing the college defenses did not succeed, and Sherwood tore his Achilles.

Following injuries to Joyner and Maye, the safety venue saw Sharrod Nesman, Ashtin Davis, Elijah Riley, Will Parks, Adrian Colbert and Sheldrick Redwine have time to play.

The cornerback group had bright spots with Michael Carter, Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols and Javelin Guidry.

Overall, the defense still needs more talent.

The Jets have $60,904,328 in cap space with nine draft picks in the first five rounds of the 2022 draft. And he has two picks in the top 40 of the draft, with two sitting in the top 10 of the first round.

So the Jets have the capital to drastically improve the roster.

And with the numbers picking up the draft, Douglas hinted at the possibility of the Jets using them to acquire players through trades.

“I think we have a lot of flexibility in the position we put ourselves in,” Douglas said. “We have a lot of flexibility to really use these assets in different ways… I think we are always going to be aggressive if the right opportunity presents itself and so, the good thing is that I think going forward, we could be in almost any discussion when it comes to player trades.”

With that amount of assets, Douglas knows the Jets should be in competition for the playoffs in 2022.