Don Banks is previewing the AFC East and has the Jets landing this season in third place in the division. It’s a good read for someone trying to get a sense of how the division is looking heading into the season. Much of what Banks writes about the Jets you’ll probably already know, but here’s a section that we thought worthwhile and took a different spin on the Jets secondary.
The key to New York’s strength against the pass is obvious: If there is a true shutdown cornerback in today’s NFL, Darrelle Revis is it. And the Jets also have the play-making Antonio Cromartie and an improving Kyle Wilson at cornerback, giving them the AFC’s deepest depth chart at the position that grows ever more important with each passing year. If Landry and Bell can solidify the safety position, proving capable in both run defense and centerfield play, the Jets secondary will thrive against the three- and four-receiver sets favored by New England, Buffalo and Miami.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.comI’d agree. Wilson didn’t have the best game against the Panthers, but in all he’s a competent slot corner … but he’s kind of stuck in this slot corner role. Until the Jets start lining him up against the boundary, we’ll never know how good a corner he can really be. Even so, just the additions at the safety spots are going to be a big help to the Jets and to the coverage unit. Last Brodney Pool, Eric Smith and Jim Leonhard combined for three interceptions all season. So far this preseason, LaRon Landry has had two in two games.