Guard – Willie Colon vs Stephen Peterman vs Brian Winters – With Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson leaving via free agency the Jets have two guard positions to be filled. They could have stayed in-house and promoted Ducasse and Schlauderaff but they realized that they are terrible and thus signed Colon from Pittsburgh, Peterman from the Lions and drafter Winters in the 3rd round out of Kent State. Three men for two spots. Colon, if healthy, is a very good guard and can swing to right tackle if needed. He is from the Bronx, knows New York and is an extremely tough, physical player. Peterman had a bad year rating among the poorest guards in the league according to Pro Football Focus’ grading. He has had an up and down career but he has been good enough to be a starter. Brian Winters is a raw prospect getting used to the guard position but most are very high on his ability and potential. He was described as mean, nasty and physical which are the descriptions I want in my guards. Winters should beat out Peterman.
Prediction: Colon at LG, Winters at RG and Peterman backs up both
Safety – Josh Bush vs Antonio Allen – With the loss of both LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell the Jets were left with just 2012 draftees Josh Bush and Antonio Allen. They added Dawan Landry to man one of the safety spots leaving Bush and Allen to fight for the other spot. Bush is much better in coverage and has the speed and fluidity to cover tight ends and backs as well as play center field while Allen is more physical and is very good against the run and blitzing. The Jets frequently use a 3rd safety in the box in a role similar to Eric Smith and Allen’s skill set meshes perfectly with that so expect Bush to start opposite Landry with Allen playing plenty. Keep an eye out for Dwight Lowery being cut by Jacksonville. He knows the system and has blossomed into a pretty good safety after his conversion from cornerback.
Prediction: Bush starts and Allen plays plenty in an Eric Smith role but all bets are off if Lowery shakes free from Jacksonville
Players report today and workouts start tomorrow with the Green White Scrimmage on August 3rd and the first preseason game on August 9 so things are going to happen fast. There will certainly be plenty of intrigue in camp this year I can’t wait to see who steps up.