Four names Jets might consider off the street at cornerback

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

With the recent news that the Jets will indefinitely suspend cornerback Dimitri Patterson due to his absence without leave over the weekend, the Jets have some tough decisions ahead of them regarding their secondary. Now counting the suspended Patterson, the Jets only have one of their projected secondary starters active and healthy as they enter the last week of the preseason and they have lost key rookie reserve Dexter McDougle to a season-ending injury.

Kyle Wilson might be able to fill in as a starter in a pinch, but the Jets use of Antonio Allen as a corner indicates the team’s lack of faith in players like Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster and young turk Johnny Patrick. Sliding Dawan Landry instead of Antonio Allen into the second starting safety spot is manageable, but it is the concerns about the first through third cornerback spots that are most concerning while Milliner deals with his high ankle sprain. Patterson has demonstrated that he can neither be helpful on or off the field and the rest of the secondary seems to be puddling onto the floor.

So what will the Jets do? If they consider going out onto the veteran free agent market there is a real caveat emptor vibe. Here’s the “top” names available:

Asante Samuel
Age: 33 
Last Team:
Atlanta Falcons
Analysis: The Jets reached out to free agent CB Asante Samuel after Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle were injured a few weeks ago, but at the time it was stated that the Jets were unlikely to sign him.

FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo chimed in on the matter, saying that the Jets were trying to “bargain shop,” but Samuel wasn’t interested when the Jets made the low offer. It would seem that if the money isn’t right, Samuel won’t come back to the game because the market for him has been dry for him since the Falcons cut him in February. Samuel would be a potential Week 1 starter for the Jets if the money was right.

Jabari Greer
Age: 32 
Last Team:
New Orleans Saints
Analysis: Free agent CB Jabari Greer stated in July that he is not actively looking for an NFL team isn’t sure if he would return to the field, especially after tearing his his ACL, PCL and total posterior lateral compartment last November and might end his career. Greer was cut by the Saints in February in a salary cap purge that gave the Saints room to net Champ Bailey. Greer would be familiar with the Rob Ryan scheme, but it remains to be seen whether he’s healthy enough to return to the field.

Terrell Thomas
Age: 29 
Last Team:
 Seattle Seahawks
Analysis: Thomas had back-to-back tears of his right ACL in 2011 and 2012 while he was with the Giants and looked promising last year for Big Blue, appearing in all 16 games and logging 588 snaps. This offseason, Thomas signed with his old USC coach Pete Carroll to be a backup corner in the Legion of Boom, but Thomas never made it out of camp. Thomas lost out on a roster spot to both Tharold Simpson and Jeremy Lane and was cut over the weekend.

Drayton Florence
Age: 33 
Last Team: Detroit Lions
Analysis:
Florence lasted 12 days on the roster in Detroit after a strong 2013 in Carolina. The eleven-year veteran started five games last year (26 TACK, 2 INT, 9 PD) with the Carolina Panthers before signing a deal less than a month ago to join the Lions. Florence’s play last season with the Panthers might have been boosted with the Panthers dominant play from their front-seven and a solid if unspectacular secondary. It’s not a good look that a cornerback-needy team like the Lions would release him so quickly, but Florence should still be in consideration for the Jets as they might have the closest recissssssssssssssspe to the 2013 Panthers — at least defensively.  




307 comments
jvsvn
jvsvn

We have a crises -- unless we don't. I don't see how bringing in an old and marginal player a week before the season makes us any better. Milliner isn't dead. He'll probably be back by week 2. My guess is that they are going to suspend Patterson for a week. What he did was odd but it wasn't catastrophic. He missed a game he wasn't going to dress for and an off day. He should have gotten clearance. It sounds like it was a dumb misunderstanding (and a mistake on Patterson's part). 


I think we'll be back at full strength by week 2. Do we really need to sign some over the hill guy coming off an ACL injury in order to beat Matt Schaub in Week 1? I don't think so. Now, when teams cut down to 53, there might be some healthy, currently active vet available who might actually provide an upgrade. If that's the case, then go and sign him by all means. But getting some bottom of the barrel guy right now really doesn't help us. 

johnsec125
johnsec125

I would wait to see who becomes available over the next ten days.

or so.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Some of the gangrooskies up early with the farm. Having trouble sleeping due to secondary woes?

dobermite
dobermite

Looking at that list of has-beens just makes me more sick over this than I already am, and this is 100% on Idzik. For all his BS about being deliberate (i.e. taking forever to make a decision), he eventually decided on Patterson.

Thats the guy he chose to actually sign. 

I don’t care why, what, who or where, the bottom line is, thats the guy he actually signed to a contract.

Of all the FA Corners he could have signed, and we had the cap space to sign any of them, Patterson is the guy he actually signed, and the guy he signed went over the hill, AWOL, flaked out, left us standing at the alter with a gigantic black hole at the CB position, and that is absolutely on Idzik, as was Goodson, yet another FA Idzik chose to actually sign who also winded up on the back of a milk carton … yet another debacle for Mr. Deliberate.

WW85
WW85

I'd rather see scouting reports on the top bubble guys on other teams who may get cut. & fit the Rex system

Anthony Capp
Anthony Capp

Sign Terrell Thomas, smart move. cheap and big upside

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

Why would they look outside the organization? We have walls Lankster and Wilson. We gun b aight! No regrets!

marcus81
marcus81

Rex and Idzik say things will be fine, but I see not addressing CB costing the Jets games in the win column, teams will hone in on the CB position against the Jets, may have to just pay Asante to not throw away the season

williamg1
williamg1

"It just kind of shows you that, for whatever reason, he doesn't care that much -- at least to come to the game and show guys that you're there for them," slot receiver Jeremy Kerley told Newsday.


Sure sign he's gone. 

bharper42
bharper42

How bout picking up a safety and moving AA to CB for the season?

williamg1
williamg1

"Patterson attended meetings and the team pre-game meal on Friday before pulling his disappearing act."


This guy is something else. And he's the one calling this "comical?"

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

any way we trade kenrick ellis for a good cornerback?? the only reason i bring up ellis is because we are pretty deep at dl you can prob get good value for him and i think the chance of signing him and harrison at the end of this year will be tough...i love the fact we got 2 beasts that can play the middle rotating in for eachother but if there is a chance we will lose him to free agency next year might as well get something for him this year  

RockyMountainJet
RockyMountainJet

Man, people are feisty today! I love it! Football season is right around the corner!

Howard Silversmith
Howard Silversmith

@johnsec125  Absolutely... some vets will be cut.  But also I would happily take Desir (Cleveland), McGill (likely an Oakland roster cut), Gaines (unlikely St. Louis cut), or Breeland (maybe Wash cuts ties due to marijuana charge)

joemustgo
joemustgo

@WW85 He missed practice yesterday due to illness? With his job on the line? When I read the Kerley quote below about Patterson, I assumed he was talking about Hill.

marcus81
marcus81

@dobermite  Idzik has been doing a good job putting the team together but neglecting an area of need every year, last year WR's, this year CB's, guess he has a pattern of neglecting an area of need every year and thinking you're ok using backups

a57se
a57se

@marcus81 

Asante Samuel would not address the CB issues...he sucks worse then what we have.

nickballs
nickballs

@williamg1 of course he left AFTER the meal.......nice full belly and then , PEACE OUT...what a snake.....cut em

williamg1
williamg1

@rstysanchz Or you can let him walk next year, and pick up a compensatory pick the following season. 

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@williamg1 The bizarre thing is that he is listed as the starter on every depth chart and only hasn't played because of injury. Had he played Friday, he'd probably be starting week one.

nickballs
nickballs

@williamg1 CUT THIS BUM.....HOW THE F SHOULD HE BE STARTING IF HE CANT EVEN PRACTICE....WHAT AN ARROGANT BUM....

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@RockyMountainJet


so many people freaking out about the secondary. It may not be the best but I think Milliner/Walls/Wilson with pryor and allen can be pretty damn decent. Hopefully Dee is back for week 2.

WW85
WW85

@joemustgo Well, I cant blame anyone for skipping P due to illness. He probably knows this game is critical for him & he wants to be fresh. But I'd trade him for a #4 CB right about now.

MPTG_Frank
MPTG_Frank

Play the best guys in the places they play best. AA should be at safety if at all possible.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

me personally i dont want to trade him and take our chances with him in free agency next year but everyone is so nervous about our cornerback situation and the only way to get a good cornerback via trade would to be to trade someone like ellis 

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @rstysanchz Actually, this question was posed earlier, and Bent said something like "NO F#CKING WAY!!!!"


Actually, he gave a reasoned response (against the trade), but that's what he was thinking. 

a57se
a57se

@nickballs @williamg1 

Milliner was named the starter on the second day of training camp last year and he hadn't practiced.

Brendan
Brendan

@Oberyn1 Dee could be back for Week 1. 


Walls looks like he's competent on one side, and with Matt Schaub set to play Week 1 the Jets DL should absolutely feast. 

williamg1
williamg1

@MPTG_Frank I hear you. But I'm thinking the reasoning behind playing AA to corner, is because we have 3 starting-quality safeties, while we're short at corner. Therefore, they're trying to get their best players on the field at once, regardless of individual DB position. 

williamg1
williamg1

@nickballs @williamg1 @rstysanchz Hey, I'm with you. I just think that Idzik likes the long view. So, trying to resign Ellis for cheap, or letting him walk for a 3rd or 4th rounder just sounds like him. 

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 It usually tends to pop up when people start talking trades. He's just such a beast, and god forbid someone on the DL goes down, having him will save that unit from collapsing. 


Edit: I just knocked on everything made out of wood in my apartment. 

nickballs
nickballs

@williamg1 @nickballs hahah....atleast if he got coked up and skipped the game, i could understand..we all been there, amirite..lol......but for him to miss the weekend just because he was pouting that he not starting is bs......cut em

nickballs
nickballs

@Brendan @Oberyn1 agreee 100%....Dee, Walls, Pryor, Allen, Landry, Lankster, Wilson...really not bad when paired with our front 7......of course adding another starter would be ideal.....id cut Patterson right now

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@Brendan


I think Dee will be back for week 1, but honestly don't think they need him and would prefer to rest him for GB the next week.


I honestly think the Jets are going to rout the Raiders week 1. They may have shopped this offseason but they're still a bottom 5 team in the league. 


I think the D-line will feast too. Is the Raiders o-line bad?

MPTG_Frank
MPTG_Frank

Agreed. But I think it strengthens the argument about at least trying to get someone to play corner. But of course, it begs the question, how likely is I that you can procure a top 3 corner at this point in time.

nickballs
nickballs

@williamg1 @nickballs @rstysanchz yeah that prolly true...hate to let him walk for a 4th.....i think the kid could be a stud..id try to keep him...can never have too many DLineman.......but dealin him for a legit corner sounds good to me

Brendan
Brendan

@Oberyn1 If you mention Khalif Barnes to a Raiders fan, they might stab you right then and there. Howard is solid, but he's playing a new position. Their LT is okay (Donald Penn) and their C is good. Their RT is a waiting disaster. 


They have potential to be a solid unit, but hopefully they're too early in the season for that and the Jets' DL dominates them. 

williamg1
williamg1

@MPTG_Frank None. When we release Dimitri Patterson, the top corner available will be Dimitri Patterson. 

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@Brendan


Just checked their pff depth chart...You're right, they're more solid that I thought. 


Off topic but Walls has been one of the best corners per pff so far this preseason...That's pretty encouraging.

Brendan
Brendan

@Oberyn1 He got his feet wet last year and held his own. Some bad breakdowns, but he was promising. It's impressive how he's seemed to improve from there, but man if he had hands he might be something special. He seems to always be in the right spot, but he never comes away with it. 

nickballs
nickballs

@Brendan @Oberyn1 yup....gotta catch that ball and would be feasting.....still like his improvement since last year.....more confidant in him than Wilson......guy pisses me off

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@Brendan


I'd rather he have no hands than hands and no cover skills. Hopefully he steps it up.