2013 New York Jets Training Camp Preview: Part VI-Defensive Backs


May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) speaks with cornerback Mike Edwards (43) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone. Let’s continue our position by position travels through the Jets roster, previewing what we have all been waiting for, training camp. Yesterday, we took a look at the linebackers, prior to that, we took a look at the defensive line.

For anyone that missed the offensive previews, here you go: quarterbacks, backs and receivers, and offensive line.

Now, without further adieu, let’s round out the defense by taking a look at the……………


With Mr. Revis off to points South, the now full-time leader of the pack is the man they call “Cro”, Antonio Cromartie.  Antonio is taking it upon himself to be a leader, taking his teammates to a West Coast camp similar to the Mark Sanchez version, called “Camp Cro”.  This should tell us all we need to know about Cromartie coming into his own to lead this defensive backfield.

Behind him, will be Dee Milliner, under the assumption that his rookie contract gets signed, which as of this post it has not.  Once he is signed, and healthy, he will be looked at to play the opposite side of Cromartie.  Just as important, he will be able to move Kyle Wilson back to the nickel corner.  If not, he will start, and he is improving, but we all would still rather see him in the slot/nickel.

Other competitors for time at the cornerback position are: Ellis Lankster, Isaiah Trufant, Aaron Berry, Donnie Fletcher, Darrin Walls, Eric Crocker, Mike Edwards, and Royce Adams.  As we head into camp, put the incumbent Jets as the leaders, Lankster and Trufant, but all of these guys will get their shot.  If Royce Adams can stay healthy, he may very well be an X-Factor here.

At safety, the spotlight turns to second year players Antonio Allen, and Josh Bush.  With the departures of Laron Landry and Yeremiah Bell, the team will be looking at Allen and Bush as the veterans of the system.  They will feel the heat from Dawan Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett, both signed this offseason.  Brett Lockett is here as well, and a lot of fans are excited about Rontez Miles.  Miles has a lot of ability and may prove to be an x-factor in the competition.

Who will make the team out of this bunch?  Well you have the obvious, Cromartie, Wilson, Milliner, Allen, Bush, Landry.  From there I would speculate, Lankster, Aaron Berry, and Rontez Miles.

What do you guys think?