The New York Jets made some noise by signing Jason Babin. It is not just the talent and experience he brings that makes the addition a good one, but also that it brings something that the Jets absolutely need, which is depth.
In the past few seasons, the Jets ran into some trouble due to a lack of depth at certain positions whether it was a star player getting injured or backups not having enough talent to step up and take over. With John Idzik running the show, that problem is becoming solved as the Jets have a decent amount of talent and potential all over their depth charts. The second-year general manager's philosophy of not selling the house to get the highest profile player on the market and molding draft picks into good players has proven to be successful before and has an excellent chance to do so again.
Remember, Idzik has been part of some rebuilding processes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks. All teams ended up becoming top-notch squads and reached the Super Bowl with Tampa Bay and Seattle winning in their trips. If you look back at the past 15 years, some of the most successful teams in that time span, such as the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and New York Giants, have taken a similar approach. This Jets team is not in a win now stage that they were in when Mike Tannenbaum served as GM. Idzik is building a team that will have a lot of stability for a long period of time.
Although the roster is obviously not final for the 2014 season, look at how the Jets approached free agency and the NFL Draft. Because Idzik did not spend like no tomorrow to bring the biggest names in, he was able to sign decent talent for bargain prices. Leaving such cap space makes moves such as signing Jason Babin possible. Do not be surprised if the Jets try to sign veterans with good talent at not-so-hefty price tags since they can actually afford to do so. Going into the draft, the Jets knew they needed wide receivers and cornerbacks. They attacked the scenario by drafting three and two respectively to add to the veterans they already locked in.
It is a very different team this season. There is much more talent at the wide receiver position with rookies that show potential, the quarterback situation looks stable for once with a second-year player and a proven veteran, the cornerback position is now deep after a season of question marks, and the second-string defensive line possesses a lot of abilities. If players start getting hurt or underperforming, there will not be as much need to panic as before because the Jets are grooming a team that is ready for all situations.
Training camp just started and there is still a long way to go, but the Jets are doing the job right. With the returning talent they have and the direction they are heading in, there is a lot for fans to hope for. Something is definitely brewing.
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