How Can The Jets Improve Their Backfield This Offseason?

Good news, Jets fans. Things are beginning to look up. Not only do the New York Jets have the number one draft pick in their sights, but they also have a ton of cap space for the upcoming offseason.

Now the Jets have many holes to fill, one glaring aspect that should be the focal point of their offseason is the backfield. Gang Green ranks in the bottom half of the league in just about every category when it comes to the running back position.

A major upgrade is just about as necessary as every other position on the field. Today, I’ll be giving you five ways the New York Jets can fix their backfield issues.

Free Agency

The Jets have all the cap space necessary to go out there and sign someone capable of playing meaningful football for New York. Players like Todd Gurley, James White, Aaron Jones, Tevin Coleman, and James Conner are all gonna be available.

Jones and Gurley are expected to get big paydays but the other backs remain unsure. Let’s also mention that Tevin Coleman hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Additionally, James Conner and James White have not performed up to expectations. This might be the riskiest route for the Jets in the offseason.

NFL Draft

2. The Jets much like the Knicks have plenty of draft picks in this upcoming draft. They could choose to stay young and address their running back needs there. Players like Travis Etienne, Najee Harris, Kenny Gainwell, and Chuba Hubbard headline the running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft. Where you take them is the next question.

The Jets still need to beef up their offensive line and could use their late first-rounder from the Seattle Seahawks to do so. If the Jets are wise, they take a running back in the middle rounds.

Trade Route

The Jets can also trade for a running back they have more than enough assets and cap room to make it happen that way as well. Unfortunately, there are not many trade options available. But, the Jets do have a surplus of draft capital. Are they willing to send it for a  number one running back? Could the Jets be a new home for say Saquon Barkley? Is he still the future running back for the Giants?

Barkley is going to be coming off of an ACL tear but wasn’t his dominant self in 2019 due to injury. The Giants’ offense looks better with a running back by committee style with Wayne Gallman leading the way. His fourth-year option decision is coming soon and he might want big money.

Running Back By Committee (Ravens Style)

One other option is drafting a mobile quarterback. The player that fits that profile is Justin Fields. Not only that, the Jets can revolve their offense around the run game, a-la Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore uses three running backs plus Lamar Jackson to mold their offensive identity. They might as well hire Greg Roman, the Ravens offensive coordinator to be the next head coach. Perhaps, you can add two running backs via free agency and draft. Could the Jets finally have an offensive identity?

 

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