With issues still to address at quarterback, offensive line and linebacker to name a few the Jets are not done in free agency, but the simple fact is that for all intents other than finding some middle ground in the Ryan Fitzpatrick saga, this team's free agency is pretty much done.
Other than a few more signings and then some of the early round picks from the draft, the Jets can't count on undrafted free agents or maybe even some June free agent additions to provide much more than the roster already has.
I figured it might be a good exercise as we prepare for the draft to go spot-by-spot on the depth chart as it now stands to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current 2016 Jets roster.
Today: Special Teams
1) Nick Folk (K)
2) Tanner Purdum (LS)
3) Open (P)
4) Dri Archer (KR)
5) Open (PR)
Positional status: Kick returner, punt returner and punters all needed. Any punter not named Ryan
Recommended acquisition method: Draft for returners, free agency for punter
Analysis: Last year was one spent in the wilderness for the Jets special teams unit. Under the "direction" of Bobby April, the team suffered badly and was one of the worst units in the league. Folk's season-ending injury didn't help matters, and while Folk's replacement Randy Bullock muddled through, Folk was missed and the whole group lacked cohesion. As far as Quigley, the Jets punting and coverage unit was the league's least efficient according to Football Outsiders.
Archer flamed out in Pittsburgh, but he has merit and speed as a potential kick returner. Considering the rule change this year on kicks now moving out to the 25 on touchbacks returners with explosion will surely phase out long-speed returners on kicks. In a world where kickers hang kicks up to allow coverage to get under, ,returners with explosion, agility AND speed might be the best counter.
I hate the idea of the Jets sinking any draft capital into finding a punter, so the Jets should look to free agency to fill that hole. But if the team adds a wide receiver or defensive back through the draft, they should factor in that Eric Decker is the only player returning who fielded a single punt last year.