The New York Jets‘ first-team defense made Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck look like a All-Pro veteran on Thursday night, and I’m not saying that Luck isn’t good, but it’s more about the Jets’ secondary struggles than Luck’s solid outing.
Not all was bad for the Jets on defense. Dee Milliner had a strong showing during his time on the field as he had a pass breakup. He also dropped a potential interception, but played well overall. The glaring weakness was on the other side of the field, where No.2 corner Dimitri Patterson was leaving his covered receivers with a lot of room to make plays.
On one play in the first quarter, Patterson slipped, resulting in an easy completion for Luck. Patterson was said to be best suited as a No.3 corner and not a No. 2, so it should be interesting to see if the Jets switch him back to his normal position. Luck finished 4-for-5 for 53 yards during his series with the team, so Patterson is not the only guy to blame for Luck’s great play.
But even when Luck wasn’t on the field, backup Matt Hasselbeck was able to hook up over the top of Patterson for a 45 yards pass right down the sideline.
Everyone knew that the Jets had some holes in their secondary, but the Jets went with cheap alternatives to fix the problem instead of aggressively going out and making a big move. It’s still only one preseason game of many, but I’m sure Patterson would like to put this one behind him and move forward to the next one.
It’s not time to ring the alarm just yet, but it’s just something to keep an eye on as the Jets progress this season. Cornerback is an important position in today’s NFL game, and the Jets’ defense was good against the run last season, but not against the pass. Let’s hope Patterson can bounce back in the Jets next preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.