It’s official — an MRI showed that New York Jets rookie CB Dexter McDougle suffered a torn ACL today during practice. Sources say that this injury will most certainly end his season before it has even started. CB Dee Milliner also sustained a high ankle sprain, but let’s assume that he’ll be able to start in the first game of the season.
So with the two leading CBs currently out, it’s basically down to CB Kyle Wilson and CB Dimitri Patterson to take on the starting roles. Wilson has been with the Jets for five years and hasn’t done much to impress. It’s not much of a stretch to say that Wilson will most likely be cut after this year if he doesn’t make substantial improvement.
Patterson, although a nine-year vet in the NFL, had a very poor performance on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts. The 31-year-old Patterson played in just six games due to injuries with the Miami Dolphins and was only able to play in two games the year before. If his injury trajectory continues, the Jets shouldn’t expect to have Patterson around for the whole year. The other CBs on the Jets’ roster are by no means ready for starting action. They might as well put me on the field to run some routes.
So what to do? Head coach Rex Ryan could shallow his pride and speed dial former Jets CB Ed Reed. Reed is 35 years old, but these are desperate times and the Jets’ secondary needs all the help it can get. Former New England Patriots CB Asante Samuel is still on the market, but he’s 33 years old. Likewise, 32-year-old former New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer is available. In addition, there’s the possibility of get cornerbacks from roster cuts. The Patriots have a oodles of them on their roster, so the Jets can wait until Aug. 26 (the next NFL preseason roster cut date), to pick up the scraps.
But the Jets want someone who’s ready to go right now. Therefore, free agency deals are probably the best way to go, unless the team can get some seasoned veterans from roster cuts. Ryan and the Jets’ defensive coaching staff will have to take on the challenge of getting their dwindling secondary ready for battle.