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.

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Jets Nation: Quinton Coples

Quinton Coples discusses the atmosphere in the Jets’ locker room before the season, the relationships he has with his teammates, and what he expects from himself this season.

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Saunders’ ‘medical incident’ was a seizure

Rex Ryan confirmed that Jalen Saunders’ “medical incident” was a seizure.

Saunders missed the last two preseason games after suffering the seizure en route to the Jets’ facility before the Bengals game.

The wide receiver was a full participant in practice on Monday.

Florham Park, N.J., police released an accident report which said Saunders had a “medical event” while driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla. Saunders, driving to the Jets facility to begin the trip to Cincinnati, was attempting to make a left turn from southbound Park Avenue onto Florham Road about 7:50 a.m. He failed to make a full turn, crossed the northbound lanes and struck a curb before coming to rest in the grass, less than a mile from the facility.

Saunders’ driving privileges were revoked after the accident and he hasn’t been back behind the wheel of a car since (Logan, Aug. 25).

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Allen out with concussion, undergoing protocol

Antonio Allen did not practice on Monday after suffering a concussion on Friday night.

Allen is undergoing the NFL’s concussion protocol, Rex Ryan said.

He will not play against the Eagles on Thursday.

Allen had been playing at cornerback due to the multitude of injuries the Jets have at the position.

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Rex Ryan ‘hopeful’ that Milliner is ready for Week 1

Rex Ryan said that he is “hopeful” that cornerback Dee Milliner is ready for Week 1.

Milliner suffered a high-ankle sprain in practice and is yet to return to training camp. He is yet to run.

“We’ll be fine,” Ryan said of the depth at the cornerback position.

Milliner was spotted in the locker room sans walking boot (Hubbuch, Aug. 25).

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Dimitri Patterson suspended indefinitely

Jets’ GM John Idzik said that Dimitri Patterson is “suspended indefinitely.”

“[Patterson] will be suspended indefinitely, and that will allow us to gather more information to what led to his behavior,” Idzik said.

Idzik expects the suspension to be brief, he said.

Patterson was not at practice on Monday.

Both Rex Ryan and John Idzik met with Patterson on Sunday night. He had been AWOL since Friday.

Patterson said he is not going AWOL:

The Jets signed Patterson to a one-year, $3 million deal in April (TJB, April 1).


After Patterson went AWOL Friday night, Idzik and Ryan discuss the situation and confirm that he’ll rejoin the team…
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BGA: The Expendables – Update #3

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.

We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

In the first two preseason games, we didn’t really have anything to evaluate Cromartie on, other than an interception on a freak play. This game was a bit more instructive. He played exclusively on the right and quite a bit of press coverage. He was only targeted twice, with one being a deep ball to AJ Green where he was stride for stride and looking back for the ball the whole way. It should be noted that there was a lot of downfield contact though and Green was angry not to draw a flag. The other target was a wobbly throw out to the flat on 2nd and long as the quarterback got nailed. Cromartie closed on Green, who made the catch, and tackled him for a four yard gain. Cromartie did badly miss a tackle on a screen pass though. Interestingly, the Cardinals used him (and Peterson) in the vice role on punts. He let a guy get past him on one play that ended with a muff and was called for a hold on another though.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

Holmes made his first appearance for the Bears and played 20 snaps. He was matched up with Seattle’s third best corner, Jeremy Lane, on two consecutive targets in the third quarter. First of all, he picked up a first down on a quick slant and then he got separation on the outside, but the pass was thrown behind him and he only got fingertips to the ball as he reached behind him. Holmes looked pretty sharp on those two plays but has he enough time to show the injury-hit Bears he deserves a roster spot?

Joe McKnight, RB/KR, Kansas City

McKnight was activated from the PUP list this week, but didn’t make much of an impact. He was unlucky though because there were two plays where he was wide open for an easy checkdown with 20+ yards of open field ahead of him and the quarterback just didn’t see him. In the end, he carried twice for eight yards and had a five yard reception. He also returned one kickoff but got stuffed at the 13 and committed a holding penalty on a punt.

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Jets Nation: Eric Decker

Eric Decker discusses his relationship with quarterback Geno Smith, Smith’s performance on the field during the preseason, and his own leadership qualities.

Jets release Ford, 5 others

The New York Jets released six players on Sunday morning to get the roster down to 75.

WRs Jacoby Ford and Michael Campbell were released as was corner Ras-I Dowling. The Jets also released TE Colin Anderson, FB Chad Young and DE Anthony Grady.

Ford was a free agent pickup from Oakland in March and Dowling is a former second round pick of the Patriots.

The Jets had to get down to 75 players by Tuesday. The next cutdown is the final 53-man roster on Saturday.


Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Ford is the biggest name here.  Brought in from the Raiders to compete for the team’s kick returner duties, Ford had an up and down camp.  While he shone without pads during the early part of the preseason, Ford tended to show concentration lapses and poor hands at times.  Both problems came back to Ford on Friday night against the Giants.  Ford muffed a punt and was also flagged for a rare offensive pass interference penalty.  Saalim Hakim seems the likely candidate to replace Ford as the team’s top returner, but Clyde Gates and Jalen Saunders might also lay claim to the role.  Also, don’t rule out the possibility that the Jets might not yet have the returner on their roster depending on who else gets cut in coming days.

Dowling shone during spring practices, but was unable to bring the same consistency to the Jets over the preseason.  With the state that the Jets secondary is in, that the Jets were willing to move on from Dowling shows how bad it might have gotten.

Young was raw, but was the roster’s only real “thumper” candidate as a blocking back.  Between the pass-first tight ends and fullback Tommy Bohannon, the Jets must feel confident in their line’s run blocking without much help from the FB/TE group.