While March may be for basketball madness and April brings another MLB season to our midst, the daily routine of any NFL teams shows that there’s little to the phrase “offseason” anymore. The New York Jets have been busy, really busy in trying to shore up signings to help move the team forward in 2022.
One of the big Jets signings recently has been acquiring DE Jacob Martin from the Houston Texans. Martin had a career season in 2021 and started in 14 games and also had career numbers in a number of defensive categories. Career-wise, Martin has registered 64 tackles including 13 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, four pass defenses and three fumble recoveries. Interestingly enough, Martin’s brother Josh played for the Jets for three seasons so this signing is a bit of a family affair.
In an effort to shore up the TE position, the Jets have also signed Tyler Conklin from the Vikings. Conklin also had a career best 2021 season with 61 receptions for 593 yards and three TD’s. Originally a college basketball player, Conklin transferred to Central Michigan and gain notoriety during the NFL combine for his athleticism including clocking in a verified 4.80 40 yard dash time. Conklin will be joining new team mate C.J. Uzomah who was recently acquired from the Bengals in the Jets TE room.
There will certainly be more major trades before the NFL draft and it will be very interesting to see which players the Jets go after in the draft or through trades with other organizations. One of the big question marks leading into April and then mini-camp is whether or not the Jets will draft or trade for a backup QB behind Zach Wilson. Given the injuries to Wilson and then his backups, it seems prudent that the Jets will at least scour the existing trade market to see who’s available to help out this coming season.