There’s a ton of buzz surrounding the New York Jets, and everyone wants to know who is going to step up and help out in their secondary. After the Jets lost No. 1 corner Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle, all anyone has talked about is the team’s hole at cornerback and if it is ever going to be filled.
Well, he might not be Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie, but the Jets added former Cleveland Browns CB Leon McFadden off waivers on Sunday, and he’s a lot better than what they have right now.
McFadden was the Browns’ third-round pick in 2013, and he’s only 23 years old so he fits GM John Idzik‘s youth movement pretty well. He didn’t see the field much with the Browns last season so it’s hard to get a true measure of his talent, but he still has the upside to learn and improve his game. Speaking of learning, it’s another plus that he comes from the Browns, because former Jets defense coordinator Mike Pettine runs a similar defense to Rex Ryan, meaning the transition over to the Jets won’t be too hard for him.
Look at it this way; McFadden is young, inexpensive and he’s hungry for a second chance with a new team. The same can’t be said for ex-Jet Dimitri Patterson who was over 30 years old and was making the same money that the Jets could’ve given Cromartie. The past is the past, and now that the Jets have McFadden, it should give them more hope for the future. I don’t expect McFadden to come in and play like a No. 1 corner or anything like that, but he’s going to be an upgrade.
McFadden is a former high school wide receiver and gifted athlete with a ton of athleticism, so that should work in his favor with the fast-paced, hard hitting Jets defense. Did the Jets strike gold with McFadden? We don’t know yet, but it’s a low-risk move that has the potential to be a solid pickup.