Even with Darrelle Revis no longer present, newly-promoted defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman believes that the New York Jets have their deepest and most talented group of cornerbacks in years this season.
“This is probably the most talented group we’ve had at cornerback since I’ve been here,” Thurman said recently. “From top to bottom … there are probably six to seven guys that can play [at the NFL level] right now.”
Thurman, who joined the Jets in 2008 and has worked alongside Rex Ryan going back to their Baltimore Ravens days, is a first-time coordinator in 2013 after spending the past eight seasons as a defensive backs coach.
While it was a “pleasure” to coach Revis, he’s looking forward to the future, which includes Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie and rookie first-round draft pick Dee Milliner, the Jets’ top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In addition to Cromartie and Milliner, the Jets also have cornerbacks Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster, Aaron Berry, Isaiah Trufant and Darrin Walls, who all have NFL experience and were on the Jets roster last season.
While it could just be a case of a first-year coordinator trying to motivate his players, Thurman’s confidence and belief in the quality of the Jets’ current group of cornerbacks is very valid. The talent is absolutely there.
They may not have the superstar cornerback to singlehandedly shut down one side of the field anymore, but don’t count out the talent and depth of the 2013 crop of Jets cornerbacks. Dennis Thurman may be on to something.