The New York Jets are another team with a lot of question marks heading into next season, including what they are going to do with high-priced running back Le’Veon Bell. It is no big secret that head coach Adam Gase did not want to pay that kind of money for a running back, and he was non-committal when asked if he wanted Bell back for the 2020 season.
Outside of that issue, this is a Jets team that actually finished the season on a high note, as they won six of their last eight games. They turned a 1-7 season into a 7-9 campaign, and based on all the things they had to go through this season, including Sam Darnold’s mono, you have to be happy with the way things wrapped up.
Looking ahead, the Jets have some immediate holes to fill, including bringing in someone who can flat out get after the quarterback. Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa is widely considered the second-best edge rusher in this draft class, and on a Jets defense that should be much better with C.J. Mosely returning in 2020, he adds a dimension they are currently lacking.
The Oakland Raiders wrapped up their final season in the Bay Area with a loss to division rival Denver on Sunday, as Derek Carr’s two-point try was batted down at the line. This is a Raiders franchise that will move to Las Vegas after training camp in 2020, and they will also get to host the draft in April.
While Carr’s status with the team is the biggest question mark heading into next offseason, if he does stay, this team needs to get him a true WR1 at the top of the depth chart. They thought Antonio Brown would be that guy in 2019, and after Tyrell Williams was thrust into the role, he could stay consistent, or healthy enough to produce on a weekly basis.
With their first of two first round picks in 2020, the Raiders should look to bring in CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma, who is already beloved by the fan base after rocking a Fred Biletnikoff jersey during the season. He is a guy who can take the lid off the defense, and with Hunter Renfrow emerging as a legitimate slot guy in 2019, this would be an excellent addition to this position group.