The NFL's offseason started in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.
The Jets obviously still have plenty of holes despite a strong finish to their 7-9 season.
Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that rookie GM Joe Douglas will need to address the most over the next few months:
1. OFFENSIVE LINE
Given their poor play last year and their contract statuses, it's honestly not clear at all if any of the five Jets' starters from last year will be brought back. Since they probably can't sign and draft replacements at every position, though, maybe they'll keep a couple -- like tackle Kelvin Beachum, center Jonotthan Harrison or guard Alex Lewis. Maybe.
Regardless, anyone who has spoken to Douglas or the Jets since last season knows that a major line overhaul is coming, and it will be the team's top offseason priority. Douglas is looking for young and old lineman, top-tier players and bargains. He needs future starters at every position as well as depth.
So if there's an offensive lineman available in any way over the next few months, put the Jets on the "interested" list.
Combine players to watch: T Andrew Thomas (Georgia), T Mekhi Becton (Lousiville), T Matt Peart (UConn), G Solomon Kindley (Georgia), C Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin)
Free agent players to watch: T Jack Conklin, T Anthony Castonzo, G Brandon Scherff, G Graham Glasgow, C Connor McGovern, C Ted Karras.
2. WIDE RECEIVER
Once the Jets find a way to get Sam Darnold protected, they'll have to get someone who can catch his passes. Right now, it's not clear who that would be. This is a position that is just as barren for talent -- and even bodies -- as offensive line.
The Jets' best receiver, Robby Anderson, will be a free agent in March and may end up priced too high for the Jets to bring him back. Quincy Enunwa is a significant health risk. Demaryius Thomas is a free agent, too. There's really not much else there, unless you count Josh Doctson, the former first-round bust signed last week. And there's no promising young receiver on the roster at all.
Combine players to watch: Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma), Tee Higgins (Clemson), Justin Jefferson (LSU).
Free agent players to watch: Amari Cooper, Emmanuel Sanders, Breshad Perriman.
The Jets will pop champagne when they cut Trumaine Johnson, despite the massive cap hit they still have to absorb. They're also likely to cut Daryl Roberts and Brian Poole is not only a free agent, but after a very good season, he could be looking at a significant contract.
What's left? Pretty much nothing.
The Jets don't have young talent at corner waiting in the wings, unless they're willing to bank on Bless Austin, who got off to a hot start when his rookie season begin in Week 10, but was on the inactive list by the end of the season. It's really amazing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams got anything out of this group.
They need a lot of help here.
Combine players to watch: Jeff Okudah (Ohio State), C.J. Henderson (Florida), Trevon Diggs (Alabama), A.J. Terrell (Clemson).
Free agent players to watch: Chris Harris, Byron Jones, Prince Amukamara, Ronald Darby.
4. EDGE RUSHER
It's kind of amazing when you think about it: This position seemed to be the Jets' top priority last offseason, but they never bothered to fill it. One year later, it's hard to make a case that it's in the top three, even though the need is still real.
That's how badly everything else has fallen apart.
One thing that pushed this down: Williams is a defensive wizard and found ways to get a pretty decent pass rush out of his patchwork unit, despite not having a dominant presence here. Re-signing Jordan Jenkins (eight sacks) would seem like a good place to start here if his price doesn't get too high. But especially with Leonard Williams now gone, they definitely need more.
Combine players to watch: Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State), Jon Greenard (Florida), A.J. Epenesa (Iowa).
Free agent players to watch: Yannick Ngakoue, Shaq Barrett, Jadeveon Clowney, Bud Dupree
Yes, they are set for the foreseeable future with Darnold. But if last year taught the Jets anything, it's that they better have a good option at the backup spots -- plural. Their season was on life support as soon as Darnold got mono, and they were dead as soon as Trevor Siemian injured his ankle.
Most teams adhere to this seemingly sound policy, especially when they've got a young starter: Have a veteran backup and a young quarterback they can develop, either as a future backup or as an eventually trade piece. The Jets need one of each, and they both better be good just in case Darnold isn't able to play all 16 games.
Combine players to watch: Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma), James Morgan (Florida International)
Free agent players to watch: Case Keenum, Marcus Mariota, Chase Daniel