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The New York Jets’ competitive loss to the Los Angeles Chargers shines a light on the team’s list of primary strengths and weaknesses.

To the joy of pro-Trevor Lawrence fans everywhere, the New York Jets managed to put forth a competitive effort in Los Angeles while still taking a 34-28 loss to the Chargers. The Jets fell to 0-10 and maintained a one-game lead in the tank race over the 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars, all while enjoying plenty of intriguing flashes from core players who will be a part of the future.

Mekhi Becton, Denzel Mims, and Quinnen Williams – three of the Jets’ most important young pieces – all had nice outings at SoFi Stadium. As the season treads forward, the roster’s strengths and weaknesses continue to define themselves more clearly. So, with six games left, it’s time to start talking about how Joe Douglas may be planning on attacking the Jets’ needs across the board.

Offensively, Douglas has plenty of decisions to make regarding a rebuilt offensive line that has been much-improved but still has room to grow. Will he retain George Fant at his $9.4 million cap number? Who stays and who goes among the interior offensive line trio?

The skill positions are another area where Douglas needs to infuse some more talent. Will a big splash be coming at wide receiver? Is a new bell-cow running back needed?

Defensively, Douglas needs to find a way to fix the fledging edge and cornerback positions. Are these spots where the biggest chunks of cap space will be allocated?

Ben Blessington and Michael Nania answer all of these questions about the future while recapping the Jets’ close loss to the Chargers. Ben makes great points about things we have learned regarding Douglas’ evaluation ability, while Michael provides plenty of tidbits for Jets fans to be excited about and also explains his surprising take on La’Mical Perine.

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Michael Nania is the best analytical New York Jets mind in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at]jetsxfactor.com - Twitter: @Michael_Nania

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