"Out the Door", or "Back for More": CB Edition

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Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets safety Yeremiah Bell (37) and strong safety Antonio Allen (39) and safety Eric Smith (33) celebrate after cornerback Ellis Lankster (26) intercepts a pass in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

ELLIS LANKSTER: Every cornerback on this team saw their role expand in 2012 after the loss of Revis, and Lankster was no different. Quarterbacks’ ratings when throwing Lankster’s way was actually a hair better than Wilson at 78.1 to Wilson’s 78.4. In pass coverage, is rating was -2.3. He recorded 2 INTs to Wilson’s 1. He just comes off as the harder worker than Kyle Wilson. In my opinion, Lankster should be……


ISAIAH TRUFANT: At 30 years old, we have a journeyman cornerback that hasn’t done a great deal for this team. He was active for 9 games in 2012, recording 16 tackles, averaging not even 2 tackles per game. They aren’t going to lose a great cover guy if he is cut, and will save a few hundred thousand on the cap if they do. Isiah Trufant should be…….


AARON BERRY: Aaron was brought in last year to bolster the defensive backfield in Darrelle’s absence, but unfortunately, he was hampered by injury from the moment he arrived, limiting him to 2 tackles. In 11 games in 2011, he totalled 31 tackles and 11 pass defended while with the Detroit Lions. He doesn’t make a lot of money ($355,588), so if he is healthy, he is worth another look. Aaron Berry should be …………….


DONNIE FLETCHER/DARRIN WALLS: I am going to take these two together because they both were in basically the same situation, bouncing back and forth from the practice squad. They are both young, and don’t make a lot of money obviously. Walls recorded a couple of tackles, Fletcher none. As they are young, they are certainly worth a trip to training camp. Both of these guys should be……


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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    Great assessment, only problem I would have is with Trufant. He seemed to come into his own, middle towards late in the season. He showed he was so much a better defender than Wilson that I would let him compete in camp. Walls, I’ve stated in previous comments, may be worth making a project of. He watches the ball great, has good speed and, I think, just needs some tweeking to be a Revis type defender.

    • TheJetPress

      That’s fair.. I certainly wouldn’t be upset if they keep Trufant around, and I like Walls. If they could turn him into a Revis type, that would be a dream. Nice one to think about. Thanks for the feedback as always.