The Jets have a new safety in town, Yeremiah Bell, formerly of the Miami Dolphins. Wanted to take a few minutes this morning to give some thoughts on the newest member of the team.
First some highlights to get it going:
I love watching this guy tackle. He tackles cleanly, but he puts a lickin on guys, doesn’t he? He tackles through the player with the ball, and he doesn’t miss. He takes excellent angles to the football, and is square on the guy he tackles.
Another thing, watch that tape, and watch Bell on a safety blitz. Can you imagine Rex and Mike Pettine licking their chops watching this guy blitz? He is quick coming off the edge, and will fit well into these types of schemes that Rex loves to run. We all know he LOVES to blitz.
He is not a free safety, he is a strong safety. He is not known for being great in the pass coverage, and it shows a bit on the tape. He hits receivers well and doesn’t miss the tackles, but we see that because catches were often being made in front of him. He doesn’t have many INTs through his career (6), and the one on the tape is off of a deflection. He makes one nice play on a pass watching the above, but generally speaking, he is not great against the pass, which is a big hole for the Jets.
Bottom line is that Yeremiah Bell will help. He will be an asset, but I just don’t think he is THE asset. Hopefully Josh Bush and Antonio Allen can fill the pass coverage down the middle problems, because I am not sure that Bell can.