Finishing 5-11, the New York Jets were pretty bad last season. Unfortunately for their long-suffering fans, it looks like it is going to be worse before it gets better.
The Jets need to upgrade most of the offensive and defensive starting lineup, making them -- on paper -- one of the two or three worst teams in the NFL.
Here are the three best moves and the worst one made by the New York Jets this offseason.
#1. Draft picks
The Jets did some really good things in the draft to get better. Each of their first five picks should make an impact right away. Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are immediate starters. Wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen along with tight end Jordan Leggett will help whomever starts at quarterback.
They not only will these picks make an impact by default (since there is no one else better on the roster), but they all have the talent to make plays. Their development will be crucial to the Jets' success this year.
#2. Signing Morris Claiborne
Though he only played in seven games for the Cowboys before getting injured, Claiborne was one of the better cornerbacks when he was healthy last season. The player he is replacing, Darrelle Revis, was far from his Hall of Fame-level peak. Revis, at 31-years-old, would not have been a starter on any other team in the NFL and, as an unsigned free agent, many wonder if his ability has diminished to the point he even plays this year.
Meanwhile, Claiborne -- a 27-year-old, five-year veteran -- is just entering his prime. He is capable of being the Jets' No. 1 cornerback for several years.
#3. Making a quarterback change
Ryan Fitzpatrick was awful last season and neither Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty were ready to take over permanently. It remains unknown if either ever will be a starter in the NFL.
Rather than give one of them the job this season, New York signed Josh McCown. He is not the long-term answer and may not even be the answer this season, but he has guided NFL offenses to victory. It is good to have a veteran with those qualities on the roster, no matter what role they have.
The worst: Taking a dive
Next year’s quarterback draft class looks a lot better than this year’s. That may have been on the mind of the Jets’ front office staff when they were making decisions this offseason, because their moves at receiver and on the offensive line suggest they are looking to lose as many games as possible in 2017.
Beginning with the wide receivers, they lost or released their two best. Brandon Marshall is now with the Giants and Eric Decker is in Tennessee. Their projected top three wide receivers are all better suited for complementary roles. Quincy Enunwa broke out last season and he will be their top target, but whether or not he is a true No. 1 receiver is another question. Robby Anderson was a college free agent last season that showed some promise, but not No. 1 potential. Charone Peake was a seventh round draft pick last season, adding depth at receiver.
As for the offensive line, left tackle Ryan Clady and center Nick Mangold are both capable but aging, and the Jets did little to shore up depth at the position.
Even with all the moves the Jets made this offseason, they are still below the league-average at quarterback, wide receiver, offensive tackle, inside linebacker and cornerback. The expected outcome for the season finds Jets battling with the Cleveland Browns for the worst record in the league... and the first pick in next year’s draft.