Over the course of the offseason, the Jets have brought in a dizzying number of players. In addition to their six draft picks and several undrafted free agents, the Jets have acquired 24 veterans since the league year began. Let's attempt to rank each of those additions in terms of their importance for the upcoming season.
24. PK Nick Rose - Rose was brought in as competition at the placekicker position but was replaced four weeks later before he even got a chance to practice with the team.
23. DL Chris Jones - Jones didn't even last that long, as he was released after just nine days, but at least he practiced with the team a few times beforehand.
22. TE Bucky Hodges - Hodges is more like a big wide receiver than a tight end, but the depth at each of those positions make the athletic but raw youngster a long-shot to earn a roster spot.
21. PK Taylor Bertolet - Bertolet earned a contract by outshining three other kickers who attended rookie camp on a tryout basis but is still an outside bet to win the job.
20. WR Charles Johnson - Johnson was injured last year, and it will be challenging for him to bounce back with the Jets, as he'll have several talented players ahead of him.
19. LB Brandon Copeland - Copeland brings intangibles, depth and special teams abilities but he's going to have to beat out some more-established players.
18. RB Thomas Rawls - Rawls has experience but he's a reclamation project with durability issues and faces tough competition from a couple of recent draft picks.
17. TE Clive Walford - Walford is the most experienced tight end on the current roster but fell out of favor in Oakland last year and has had a quiet spring, which saw him overshadowed by some of the Jets' youngsters.
16. LB Kevin Minter - A late addition to the linebacker competition, Minter has played for Bowles before and is a solid run defender who will compete for a reserve role.
15. LB Neville Hewitt - The former Dolphin Hewitt is another player in the mix for a reserve linebacker role and special teams duties.
14. T Antonio Garcia - Garcia seems unlikely to contribute much in 2018, but could prove to be a huge pickup, as he has the potential to be groomed as a future starter at left tackle.
13. DL Courtney Upshaw - Upshaw has a first-round pedigree and can produce against the run but, if he stays on the defensive line, he may find himself pushed aside by the two rookies.
12. C Travis Swanson - Swanson has had some durability concerns of his own, but provides the Jets with some valuable cover at the center position and could also fill in at guard.
11. WR Andre Roberts - Roberts won't feature much on offense but has a good shot at being the team's primary return man, although he'll face competition from rookie running back Trenton Cannon.
10. S JJ Wilcox - Wilcox looks set to take over from the injured Rontez Miles as the third safety and has the experience to step in as a starter in the event of an injury.
9. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - Pierre-Louis will contribute on special teams and as a reserve but could also have a key role as a coverage linebacker in subpackages.
8. PK Cairo Santos - Santos looks to be the favorite to win the kicker job, as his only competition (Bertolet) has never played in an NFL regular season game.
7. DL Henry Anderson - This was an under-the-radar pickup, but - if healthy - gives the Jets a solid defensive lineman with starting experience and some untapped potential.
6. QB Teddy Bridgewater - Bridgewater could conceivably prove to be one of the most important signings in years…or he might just end up being trade bait.
5. WR Terrelle Pryor - Pryor hasn't practiced yet, having struggled through an injury-plagued 2017 season, but was a thousand-yard receiver in 2016 and could add another dimension to the offense with his size and athleticism.
4. RB Isaiah Crowell - A productive back with good durability is just what the Jets' running game needs and Crowell should complement some of the team's more dynamic playmakers well.
3. LB Avery Williamson - Williamson has big shoes to fill after Demario Davis' excellent 2017 season but may not have an every-down role.
2. C Spencer Long - If he can stay healthy, Long should be a significant upgrade over Wesley Johnson, but how much can he elevate a disappointing group?
1. CB Trumaine Johnson - The Jets' most expensive signing was also their most important. Johnson has never been to a Pro Bowl, but he's being paid like a player on that level and the Jets will have high expectations on him to upgrade their coverage.