We all know the offense is going to suck (like it has for over a decade) but lets talk about the potential of the defense D-line: for the 1st time we'll have wilkerson, richardson, and williams all playing and healthy. Wilkerson was coming back from an injury for 2016 and richardson has been suspended a few times. The potential of the 3 probably make them the top unit in the NFL. wilkerson is a pro bowler, williams is in year 3 and was a pro bowler and DROTY, and richardson was DROTY the year before williams. all 3 are "10 sack capable" talents and can be sued in rotation to stay fresh. Richardson is also motivated by being in a contract year and wilk is motivated by his poor 2016 season and has been impressing in camp. at DT McLendon cooled off after a hot 1st week last year, but playing along side the big 3 DEs should afford him plenty of opportunities. You can't double team everyone right? Deon Simon also showed some potential as a depth guy to rotate in. Overall it's very possible the jets have the best d-line in football (at worst a top 5 one) and games are won in the trenches. pressure on the QB can help out in coverage and force turnovers. LBers: The jets don't have much proven here, but we do have a lot of young guys with potential. Lee (2106 1st round pick) has the talent, but struggled as a rookie. his cover skills were lacking and he often overran plays. If he can learn from his mistakes and grow as a player he has the ability to be a great ILB for us. He's very "vilma" like in his skill set. undersized but fast. Playing next to him will be davis, who we acquired in a tarde with cleveland, but is a player we drafted and let walk. He took a paycut after joining us. He also has the talent but has the same issues lee struggled with. he's still proven to be a solid ILB with iffy cover skills. RBs and TEs can get the better of our LBers for sure and could be a weakness but sideline to sideline tackling should be no issues. Onto the outside we have 2nd year and 3rd year LBers starting. Jenkins and Moulden. Both showcased pass rushing skills at times but also made plenty of mistakes. Moulden appears to be a 1 trick pony, but jenkins showed he can play the run and the pass in limited snaps coming off an injury. Moulden could be moved to DE (the depth chart suggests as such) leaving bishop and martin fighting for the spot. OLB will clearly be a weak link in the defense but could be covered by the d-line play Secondary: The big 2 rookies 1st and 2nd round picks adams and maye have been impressive in camp. If they can translate that sucess in games, they could be one of the best duo's in the league, of course they could also struggle. Rookies are always a crapshoot. Early indications are both are the real deal. maye has been credited with 2 pick 6's this week and adams a few sacks. The defense is creating turnovers in practice, but it's a big difference facing josh and hack over facing Qbs like brady. For CB, it is still iffy. clayborne is a great CB when healthy, the issue is you can't trust him to stay healthy. Outside of him though the CB position is a toss up. Skrine (best suited as a #3) Burris (2016 rookie) Williams (entering his 4th season) have all had ups and downs. williams had a great 2015 campaign but struggled last season. Burris is too new to tell but has been getting beat in practice. bowles seems to love him though. Skrine is a nickel back we miscast as a starter. he was good when playing with revis and cromartie but wasn't able to stand on his own. We have depth but the number 2 CB slot is a toss up at this point. roberts and mcdougle add depth and 2 late pick rookie flyers (one coming off an ACL injury and one converted WR who only started 3 games at CB n college) Another unit that could impress or fall flat So with all that said, whats the verdict? well I fully expect to have a top 5 d-line and that alone can cover up issues elsewhere. but really outside of injury concerns, CB2, and OLB i think we have a good defense on paper. It has potential and might be the only thing worth watching for us this season.