Most agree that one of the main pieces of a successful franchises lies on defense. With many believing that amazing cornerbacks can make the difference between winning and losing, most teams invest plenty of money and attention with its defensive secondaries.
The New York Jets once boasted having the best cornerback in the entire NFL a few years ago, but fast forwarding, the present tells a different story of regression. With taking a major gamble going into 2014 with its present cornerbacks, the Jets are hoping what is on paper translates to success on the field. Otherwise they might regret not bringing in better talent during the offseason and draft to help solidify the corners on defense.
The Jets are hoping that sophomore Dee Milliner will live up to his potential since he showed flashes of being a true shut-down cornerback toward the end of last season. They are also hoping that Dimitri Patterson can continue being that mentoring veteran to help him should he start to slump. While many agree that the Jets probably should have made a more serious inquiry to reunite with Darrelle Revis when he was available, there is no guarantee that this new tandem will be effective come the regular season.
Most teams will definitely exploit the Jets when it comes to their secondary, make no mistake about it. Taking a look at the upcoming schedule, the Jets will face plenty of high-caliber quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady (twice) and Alex Smith. They will absolutely go for the jugular against the Jets and put both Milliner and Patterson to the test to see if they can hang with the best of them. If they can’t work together and be effective against some of the most potent aerial offenses the NFL has to offer, the Jets will be in for a rather long and miserable season.
Overall, the Jets should hopefully be able to be formidable against every opponent they are scheduled to face. If they start to struggle due to inconsistency, they might resort to seeing what rookie Dexter McDougle has to offer at cornerback. One highly doubts a rookie third-round draft pick can be a superstar from the start, but you never truly know what hidden gems the Jets may have on the team.
It’s quite doubtful the Jets at this point would trade for another veteran cornerback, but they are keeping their fingers crossed that everything on paper translates to victories. While the Jets’ cornerback situation is a weakness, it’ll be a matter of time to see how everything gels. One thing is for sure, there is much hope that Milliner can step up and make everyone forget about “Revis Island.”