Following two straight seasons of disappointment finishing at 4-12 and 5-11 respectively, the Jets find themselves fueled with renewed hope that they can find themselves atop the AFC East. The Jets spend much of the last two offseasons revamping what owner TJ Mims would describe as a “broken defensive unit” which featured star Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, and budding stars Calvin Pryor and Demario Davis. However, what the Jets lacked on this defense is what kept them snakebite for the better part of the last couple seasons. That position was Cornerback – a position that is vital to the Rex Ryan defensive scheme. The first cornerback to pack his bags was Dee Milliner, traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2016 2nd round pick (MLB-Jarrod Myrick), and a 2017 3rd round pick. Looking to stockpile picks, the Jets then turned to their star NT Damon Harrison and traded his services to the Seattle Seahawks for their 1st round pick and young and upcoming RB Christine Michael. Michael is a similar, but faster version of the Jets Chris Ivory. He will serve as an excellent insurance policy to Ivory, and the future successor at RB. With picks stockpiled, the Jets were set for free agency with a load of draft picks and 45M in cap space to work with. The Jets were set to be aggressive, but not overpay for mediocre players with the contracts of Sheldon Richardson and Geno Smith looming. The front office is adamant about being smart with their money, especially with a flood of young talent on the roster. Highlighting the Jets FA Haul, they were able to sign OLB-Robert Mathis to 1yr-9M deal to fortify their weak side and provide a much needed presence as a pass rusher. Additionally they signed RG-Kevin Zeitler, a 26 year old RG who somehow slipped through the cracks of the Bengals front office to hit the market in his prime. Lastly, the Jets were able to add some CB help by adding the veteran presence of CB-Cary Williams. It’s unknown what role Williams will play since the Jets have invested heavily in the CB position in recent years, but he will likely be a nickel CB at the very least. In back to back drafts, the Jets addressed the CB position first and foremost. In 2015, the Jets selected Giorgio Dawson (82ovr), and then followed that up with selecting Darius Ferguson (80ovr-superstar) in 2016. They also added a young development talent in Leonard Narcisse who is exceptional at man coverage. The Jets would continue to add more defensive talent with the likes of MLB - Jarrod Myrick (75ovr-Fast) who is going to take over for David Harris (85ovr) sooner than later. Myrick has plenty of time to learn with Harris still playing great ball and and star Demario Davis (89ovr) taking over the reigns of the D. In 2015 the Jets were able to add strong side help with the addition of Akeem Ayers formerly of the Bills (and Titans). While not as athletic as the rest of the defense, Ayers is technically sound and the athleticism on the rest of the D will allow Ayers to play his brand of football by reading and reacting to the run and sitting in the zones waiting to jump routes on opposing CBs. Perhaps the biggest acquisition of the past two seasons was Keldrick Walters, the free safety that Deion Sanders proclaimed as the smartest football player he’d every met. Walters so far has not disappointed, finishing runner-up by a hair in the DROY voting, and progressing considerably in his first season with the Jets. There is no doubt this is a star-studded defense, and a team definitely built in the mold of their hard-nosed coach, and owner TJ Mims.