First, the good news for the Jets' defense: The secondary gets an instant upgrade with the signing of Ty Law, who helped division rival New England win three Super Bowls in four seasons and has been to the Pro Bowl three times.
"I've played on some good football teams, and I'm used to winning," Law said in a news conference after joining the Jets. "I'm coming in here expecting to continue to win. I've had experience in big games. I'm a warrior in my opinion because I will go out and play for you. As long as I can run, I'm going to play no matter how I'm feeling. If it's hurt I can play. If it's injured, I'll try. I've been to the top of the mountain three times."
The bad news was that three-time Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham missed all of training camp and most of the preseason mired in a contract dispute. Abraham recently signed New York's one-year tender of $6.7 million as its franchise player, and the Jets need him to be a factor immediately.
Another area of concern is nose tackle after reliable Jason Ferguson signed with the Dallas Cowboys. James Reed becomes the starter at the position. Other starters from last season who are not back this year include cornerback Donnie Abraham (retired) and safety Reggie Tongue (released).
"For most players, and I was a player, you really don't worry about who's not here," Jets Coach Herman Edwards said at the start of training camp. "You're more concerned about yourself at this point, and I think most of our guys understand that. You can't control who's here and who's not."