The New York Jets expect to have as much internal competition in training camp as any team in the NFL. The competition to earn a starting safety spot opposite veteran Dawan Landry is certainly no exception.
Second-year man Josh Bush is primarily battling fellow sophomore Antonio Allen for that starting role, and so far throughout OTAs and mini-camp, Rex Ryan and his coaching staff have not been able to separate the two.
Bush (#32, above), a 2012 sixth-round draft pick, and Allen, a 2012 seventh-rounder, will also be competing with another pair of, young safeties Jaiquawn Jarrett and Rontez Miles, the latter of which is an undrafted rookie.
However, having already spent a full season and offseason immersed in Rex Ryan‘s defense, Bush and Allen have to be considered the early frontrunners to earn serious playing time in that Jets secondary.
Bush is going to spend his six-week break before camp in California, training with a few of his teammates under the guidance of Pro Bowl teammate Antonio Cromartie, in order to get into the best shape possible year-round.
The competition in the secondary is going to be intense, and the Jets hope it leads to a lot of viable options to mix-and-match on defense, the same type of versatility that they expect to have from their defensive line.
When the Jets reconvene for training camp in July, all eyes will be on the defensive backs to see who stands out and puts their claim to a starting job. The camaraderie and competition should bring out the best in all of them.
Antonio Cromartie Has Emerged as a True Leader and Role Model for the New York Jets
New York Jets Safeties Antonio Allen and Josh Bush Know What’s at Stake in Camp
New York Jets 2013 Training Camp Profile: Sheldon Richardson
New York Jets 2013 Training Camp Profile: Quinton Coples
New York Jets 2013 Training Camp Profile: Dee Milliner
New York Jets 2013 Training Camp Profile: Antonio Allen
New York Jets Defensive Backs Eager to Follow Antonio Cromartie’s Lead