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Scouts Inc. Breaks Down Five Needs for the Jets

Nose tackle — Head coach Eric Mangini likes the way Dewayne Robertson plays with a high motor, but Robertson isn’t the kind of powerful space-eater the Jets’ 3-4 scheme needs moving forward. With the Jets yielding 134.8 yards per game on the ground last season the middle of the defense needs to be improved. The Jets have two solid players in Sione Pouha and C.J. Mosley who could also fill in, but Mangini will almost certainly acquire a big body to build his defense around.

Wide receiver — Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are solid receivers but neither is an impact player and both lack elite size. The Jets have some size at the position but no one with the combination of strength, quickness and speed to affect coverages. Getting an impact receiver will open things up for New York’s ground attack as well.

Linebacker — A lack of talent at linebacker has held the New York defense back over the last two seasons. With Victor Hobson headed to free agency and Bryan Thomas not fitting the mold of a 3-4 linebacker it’s likely the front office will address this need.

Guard — The Jets struggled to run the ball effectively, especially inside the red zone, and only one team had fewer rushing touchdowns in 2007 than New York’s six. There are some decent players on the roster but none with the kind of impressive size and power who can make a big difference. With quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens being classic dropback passers the middle of the line needs to be stout to maintain the integrity of the pocket. Better guard play will improve the entire offense.

Running back — The Jets were inconsistent on the ground in 2007 even after acquiring Thomas Jones from the Chicago Bears. Jones is a solid player with the talent to be a featured back, but a bigger back who can act as a change of pace and help wear down opposing defenses would be a nice boost for New York’s running game.

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