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“Out the Door”, or “Back for More”: CB Edition

By Alan Schechter
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August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) shown on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s continue our journey through the Jets roster, and talk about how should be “out the door”, and who should be “back for more”. Today, we look at the cornerbacks.

DARRELLE REVIS: I am not going to insult any of you with a long explanation here. Unless they figure out a way to move him for a bunch of draft picks, Revis will obviously be…..

BACK FOR MORE

ANTONIO CROMARTIE: Antonio was called upon to get the job done when Revis was injured, and he did just that. Quarterbacks had a passer rating of 69.7 when throwing in Cromartie’s direction. His rating in pass coverage was 11.1, ranking him 5th in the league ( per PFF). Quarterbacks also only completed 46% of their passes thrown his way. In 2011, Revis was only a little bit better at just over 41%. I am also of the thought that they should look into trading Cromartie for a bulk of picks. But, writing this under the assumption that doesn’t happen, Antonio Cromartie will also be….

BACK FOR MORE

KYLE WILSON: Here is a guy that is tough to figure out. He was drafted in the first round, and with that, came high expectations, ones that he hasn’t really lived up to yet. After being thrust into the starting lineup in 2012 after Revis went down, he ranked 73rd amongst quarterbacks with a PFF rating of -3.0, but the QB rating when throwing towards him wasn’t bad, at only 78.4. At -1.4, his coverage rating was 73rd in the league. A lot of fans have not been happy with Kyle, especially in 2012, when he did a lot of showboating after getting beat by his opponent. Clearly, his swagger was outweighed by his negative play. He actually wouldn’t be a huge cap hit if he is released, only about $457,000. His dead money would be a little over $3 million. With all of that, I would be willing, and so would most fans, to see Kyle Wilson……

OUT THE DOOR

We will talk about the younger cornerbacks on the next page.

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……

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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…….

OUT THE DOOR

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 …………….

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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……

BACK FOR MORE

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