NY Jets: It’s time to bring up Rontez Miles


With the NY Jets dealing with a cavalcade of injuries at the safety position, is it time to turn to Rontez Miles?

The NY Jets are banged up, specifically at the safety position. Calvin Pryor is battling through his ankle injury, Jaiquawn Jarrett was waived due to his myriad of injuries and Dion Bailey is practicing in full after his hip injury. The positional unit is a little thin heading into Sunday’s affair with the Oakland Raiders, with that being said, is it time to turn to the practice squad and bring up a familiar face in Rontez Miles?

Head coach Todd Bowles was asked about his comfort level with the position, emergency situations and more during his weekly press conference ahead of their Week 8 match-up with the Raiders. Here is what he had to say via their Media Relations Department:

On possibly going into the game with Dion Bailey and Marcus Gilchrist

We have to make a move at the end of the week. We’ll get some reps. We have Dion here. We have (Ronald) Martin and Rontez (Miles) on the practice squad, so we’ll see what the game plan looks like.

On if Darrin Walls is still being considered at the safety position…

He lined up there for emergency. All of our corners take emergency safety reps in case something happens.

@TurnOnTheJets if and when the Jets bring up a safety who you taken? Rontez Miles or Ronald Martin?

— NYJ(4-2)NYK(1-0) (@NYSports16) October 29, 2015

That’s a very interesting proposition for the Jets to consider as they prepare themselves for this Raiders squad who have a few dynamic players of their own in Amari Cooper and Derek Carr. I’m biased because I really love Miles’ game: he hits like a truck, his coverage skills have improved over the last few seasons and I think he has that ‘it’ factor in terms of his leadership ability and his toughness.

While on the other side Ronald Martin hasn’t been with the team as long and I think he lacks in some of the key areas that Miles thrives in. Regardless the Jets are going to have to make a decision one way or the other on the state of the safety position. Early signs indicate that Pryor is going to miss the game on Sunday, but nothing is set in stone yet.

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