2015 Depth Charts Update: New York Jets

A breakdown of the New York Jets' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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A breakdown of the New York Jets' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

2015 Depth Charts Update: New York Jets


 

 

NYJ Offense

NYJ Defense

Notes

 

  • Outside of Nick Mangold, who was once again knocking at the door of being elite in 2014, the Jets have issues across that offensive line. D’Brickashaw Ferguson hasn’t really stood out in each of the past two seasons, and age isn’t on his side anymore. Their offensive line has a Pass Blocking Efficiency Rating of 79.7 last season, and it’s tough to see this group being any better.

 

  • We were certainly surprised to hear that the Jets are likely to head into the season with Geno Smith as their starting quarterback, with the only talk of a competition with Ryan Fitzpatrick being that the job is Smith’s to lose. Smith was our fourth lowest graded quarterback last season, and our third lowest in his rookie season in 2013, so we expected a straight battle between the two.

 

  • The strength of the unit continues to be that strong defensive line, where Sheldon Richardson is the standout while Damon Harrison and Muhammad Wilkerson are quality players in their own right as well. What’s going to be interesting is seeing how they use their top draft pick Leonard Williams as a rookie. Cracking the starting lineup will be tough, but limiting his snap count could see him fresher later in games where he can make an impact.

 

  • They still have issues on the edge however, and realistically their best hope of generating much of a pass rush from the edge will come from Jason Babin and anything Lorenzo Mauldin can add as a rookie, with Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples struggling to do so on a consistent basis, and both grading negatively as pass rushers a year ago.
  • http://www.facebook.com/jaterrance.young JaTerrance Dwayne Young

    You drop Wilkerson from Elite to HQ. Please explain?

  • Jeff Diamond

    I’m also curious about the Wilkerson downgrade.

  • David

    Pretty ridiculous. No new snaps have been played since Feb.28th when the first depth chart was posted. In this time of no football played, Aboushi, Ferguson, and Wilkerson have all been downgraded one color. Indeed, the Wilkerson one make no sense-just 2 weeks ago he was PFFs number 24 player ahead of Suh, Wake, Revis and many other “blue” defensive players. If there is anything that make people laugh at the arbitrariness of PFF it is this-it is almost as if the staff said, “the Jets with three blue defensive players? We can’t do that!”

    • phyein

      Tommy Bohanon was downgraded as well so make that 4.

    • Chris

      The Top 101 Players was based on 2014 only. However the Depth Charts are based on the players’ entire careers, with an emphasis on more recent seasons.

      That explains why Wilkerson could rank ahead of Suh in 2014 but behind him over his career.

      As far as Wilkerson’s grade, just compare him with Richardson. Richardson has half the snaps and almost the same total grade, and has been literally twice as effective per snap against the run as Wilkerson.

      I would argue that Wilkerson didn’t deserve the Elite tag he got in February, now they’ve corrected for it.

      • David

        That’s a pretty weak set of arguments. First of all what is the basis of the “correction”? There are no new numbers to look at-so it is quite curious that 4 Jets players have been downgraded and none upgraded. Secondly if this is a “career” thing (which PFF states it is not, i.e. “The grade given is for now – it’s not a prediction of future
        development. While it’s primarily based on last year (or their last year
        of action) it does include more than just a nod to their career.”)-then we should note that in 2012 Wilkerson was PFFs 14th ranked player in their top 100 and #2 3-4 DE, while in 2014 he was number 24 and the 3rd ranked 3-4 DE. Lastly-it is impossible that Richardson played half the snaps Wilkerson did-rotowire claims Richardson played nearly 100 more defensive snaps which would make sense as Wilkerson missed 3.5 games.

        • Gordon McGuinness

          Aboushi and Bohanon are errors, just a case of the wrong color coming through, so they will be changed.
          Ferguson and Wilkerson were dropped after discussion and deciding we had them too high the first time around. It’s possibly harsh to Wilkerson, who graded really well in 2012 and 2014, but what keeps him out of that elite bracket for now is that his four year career has seen his grade fluctuate consistently from year to year. That being said, it was a pretty heated debate, and not all of us agreed that he wasn’t elite – it’s a process, and we debate things a lot, and we don’t even always agree with each other on certain things.
          With Ferguson there was no debate though. Simply put, we got it wrong the first time around. He had a positively graded season in 2012, a negatively graded season in 2013, and a season where he graded at 0.0 in 2014. At this point in his career, there is little to say he’s anything above average. If he proves us wrong this season then obviously his grade will go up next year.
          So, 2 admin errors in Aboushi and Bohanon which we’ll fix, one heated debate in Wilkerson, and one that we just got wrong the first time around in Ferguson. Not an anti-Jets bias.

          • Jeff Diamond

            As above, I’d love to hear more about the grades for Douzable, Colon, and Cumberland – particularly Douzable, who I think would make a great secret superstar candidate after two positively graded years, Kendrick Ellis off the team, and most focusing on Leonard Williams as D-Line depth.

        • Chris

          1. There are no new numbers, correct. But as Gordon said they continually debate over the same set of numbers, and they don’t always agree.

          2. Again as Gordon said, he’s had two “Elite” years and two “Average-to-Good” years. So the ‘nod to his career’ shows inconsistency.

          3. I wasn’t referring to just this past year. Over his career Richardson has played half Wilkerson’s snaps. Which would make sense because Wilkerson has been in the league 4 years to Richardson’s 2. But Richardson has racked up almost the same overall grade in his 2 years, because he’s been much more efficient.

          If anyone could make an argument for Elite it would be Harrison. He’s only really played 2 seasons and while he’s not much of a pass rusher, his run defense is literally off the charts. His per snap efficiency against the run is nearly twice that of Richardson, who is twice the efficiency of Wilkerson. Dude is a monster.

          • David

            In 2013, one of these “average to good years” PFF itself stated that if it were not for penalties Wilkerson would have easily made the top 100 players (and equaled Richardson’s ranking)-so this inconsistency is massively overstated. Basically in 2 of the last 3 years he has ranked inside PFF’s top 25 players and in the other, penalties aside, he had a near elite year. As we know-Wilkerson is in no way a penalty machine so it is a fluke fluctuation in one of the last 3 years that would keep him from being ranked, on average, as PFFs 42 best overall player (assuming a ranking equal to Richardson in 2013 sans penalties).

          • Troll Chris

            Dear Chris,
            Please get PFF’s nuts out of your mouth.
            Love,
            Your little bro, Troll Chris

  • a57se

    The PFF stats by themselves are useful tools.
    The PFF analysis is done by useless tools.

    • Douglass Pinkard

      Tools of whom?! Or of what?! Unless it was just an attempt at cleverness (overall Grade: A-). I’m 45 years a Jets fan, but their unfavorable analysis doesn’t make them anything except objectively either correct or incorrect. We’ll know soon enough.

      • a57se

        I’ll take your 45 and raise you 5…
        Analysis is not objective, it is inherently subjective because it requires interpreting data that can not be conclusive by itself.

        • Douglass Pinkard

          I didn’t mean their analysis would be objective, but that it will prove either right or wrong once the games are played. And congratulations on the 50 years of Jet fandom…if congratulations are what really are in order.

  • Shayft

    Wilkerson and Mangold not elite? Two of the very best players at their respective positions so explain that to me. Also wondering why David Harris is below average considering his consistency at 370 tackles and 11 sacks in the past 3 years?