Jets Moving on at the Safety Spot

The Jets are pushing ahead in their search for a safety who can provide help with their coverage.  While Landry is still an option he’s still not going to be the coverage player they need, and so up next, per Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post, O.J. Atogwe and Jarrett Bush are in the sights of the Jets front office.

With Nelson no longer an option and Landry not yet in the fold, the Jets were reduced in a weak year for free-agent safeties to bringing in ex-Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush for a weekend visit and hoping former Redskin O.J. Atogwe will soon do the same.

Bush appeared in 12 games last season, starting just one, for what statistically was the NFL’s worst defense.

Jarrett Bush might not be a starter level player, but he has good coverage skills from the press and is an effective open field tackler.  Bush lacks the speed over long distances when paced with speedy receivers and also has a tough time recovering once he’s been beat by a  receiver, but he’s someone the Jets might be able to scheme around.  Bush also has a planned visit with the Cardinals this week.

Atogwe might not be the player he was in his earlier days of his career, and he struggled with injuries last year, but when healthy he’s effective at route-recognition, has a reputation as a ball-hawk,  has the agility to play the spot, and works very well when set deep, allowing him to react to the play.  Also, it’s worth factoring in that the Redskins defense was middling at best, so of course might have made him look worse without the support around him.  So playing for a defense with excellent coverage corners and a stout front seven would place less stress on him in the system.