With the Patriots and Packers both looking for help, defensive coordinator Kevin Janes will look for players to help his unit.
It’s a defense that’s played a lot of coverages in the past, and Janes wants to use the same strategy this year.
Janes said the Patriots have a lot to improve in terms of cover coverage and in their ability to get pressure, but that’s the reason he wants to put together a defense with a lot more players in it.
Jays defense is built to be versatile.
The Janes has two different coverages: Cover One (Cover One is a one-gap, three-deep zone coverage) and Cover Two (Cover Two is a three-man rush that uses a single defensive lineman to play the middle linebacker and two outside linebackers in man coverage).
The Patriots have used Cover One in three straight Super Bowls, but they haven’t been able to consistently match up against the best teams in the league in that area of the field.
In the past two seasons, the Jones defense has allowed the fewest points per game to teams that have been in the top three in points allowed per game in the NFL.
Jane said that his defense is looking to improve at the position this season, which is why he wants more outside linebackers and defensive backs that can make plays down the field and make plays in coverage.
The Patriots have added two new linebackers this offseason: Kyshoen Jarrett and Keanu Neal, who are both 3-techniques and are similar to Janes linebackers in their playstyle.
The team also added two free-agent defensive backs, one of whom will be the team’s top target on offense: rookie receiver Julian Edelman.
Jaguars WR Rishard Matthews has had a solid year with the team, but he has been a liability on the outside and Jags general manager Dave Caldwell hopes he can help Matthews get a better shot at being the Jaguars WR1.
Matthews has been targeted 19 times for 193 yards and a touchdown this season.
Jags WR Rashad Greene is coming off of a season in which he recorded six catches for 102 yards, but his production has dropped significantly from the first four games of the year.
Greene caught just three passes for 25 yards in those four games, and he has just one catch in five games since the beginning of the season.
Greene will have to play a much bigger role with the Jaguars if he wants a breakout season, and this will be his first chance to prove he belongs in the team.
Jets LB Dee Milliner is coming into the season with a reputation for being a physical player, but the Jets defense has struggled against the run this year, allowing the fewstest yards per rush in the AFC.
However, the Jets have played some nickel defense this season and it’s something they’re going to have to learn to keep up with the best offenses in the division.
Milliner has shown that he can rush the passer, but it’s been a challenge in the passing game, where the Jets allowed just six touchdown passes in the first three games.
Jobs: It’s safe to say that the Jets offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, is not a fan of the running game, but there’s no question he’s got a good quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Morninweg was hired to help run the Jets offense, and while it won’t be an instant adjustment, Fitzpatrick will have a chance to learn the offense.
It will be important for him to get better in that department, and that’s something that Mornlinweg will need to do if he hopes to make a splash with the Jets in the offseason.
Jax RB Rashard Mendenhall will be a free agent after the season, but you can expect the Jets to have some interest in him.
The Jets drafted Mendenhalls first-round pick out of high school in 2015, and the former Oregon star will need a good season to prove that he belongs among the NFL’s elite running backs.
Jafar Eli, WR Brandon Marshall, and QB Mark Sanchez will all be unrestricted free agents after the 2017 season.
Marshall will be 34 years old and Sanchez is 37 years old.
The New York Jets will have about $4 million to spend this offseason, and it will be interesting to see if they bring in any free agents or if they go after players that are already in their roster.