The New York Jets had been unable to live up to even the slimmest of expectations over the course of the last several seasons, though things could very well be a bit different in East Rutherford this time around.
With former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh now serving as the team's head coach and former BYU Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson slated to be under center, the Jets could begin to turn things around in a hurry with the 2021-22 campaign rapidly approaching.
In addition to adding Saleh and Wilson, the Jets also added former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis and former 49ers running back Tevin Coleman to the mix via free agency while selecting former Ole Miss standout wide receiver Elijah Moore early on in the 2021 NFL Draft.
While thing seem to be heading in the right direction on offense, the Jets will now need to round out its up-and-coming roster with a stout defense as well.
Thanks to general manager Joe Douglas and the defensive-minded Saleh, the Jets may have found a diamond in the rough following the 2021 NFL Draft as the team immediately turned its attention to the defensive side of the football.
The Jets promptly signed former Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Milo Eifler as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft as the soon-to-be rookie defender could no doubt make an immediate impact in his first NFL campaign.
Standing at 6'2″ while weighing 228 pounds, Eifler is a versatile defender that can do a variety of different things for Saleh and company. Young, athletic and possessing a wide-range of skills, the Jets newcomer can help stop the run, rush the passer and can even hold his own in coverage. The former Illini standout produced 27 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one pass defense in a mere six games in what would ultimately become his last collegiate season at Illinois.
Perhaps more importantly, though, Eifler can also provide Saleh and the Jets with a legitimate special teams player in addition to serving as a nice depth piece behind starting linebacker C.J. Mosley, who has had some trouble staying on the field as of late.
Although serving as a depth piece and a special teams player as a rookie doesn't sound all that glorious, the presence of Eifler and other players like him will help improve a Jets team that needs to up the ante in every single facet of the game.
Whether it is on offense, defense, special teams or even along the sideline with the coaching staff, the Jets simply need to be better. Of course, the team has already taken a positive step in hiring Saleh while drafting well and adding to the team's roster with key free agents — undrafted or otherwise — will go a long way sooner rather than later as well.
The Jets finished in last place in the AFC East division a season ago as this group will once again serve as one of the tougher ones in the league. However, surpassing at least the Miami Dolphins or New England Patriots in 2021-22 would be the jumpstart that the Jets needs to revamp this organization.