The overall defense of the New York Jets still has some work to do to improve. Cornerback Marcus Williams, however, continues to develop into a bonafide star.
As the New York Jets are 1-1, their defense still has a lot of work ahead of them. Sure, their defensive front is one scary unit but the Jets’ defensive secondary leaves much to the imagination.
It’s no secret that quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Tyrod Taylor had a field day against the Jets’ defensive secondary to the point that it simply can’t continue if they are to be taken seriously. Their defensive line can dominate but what happens when they can’t get to the quarterback? So far, they’ve been able to dissect their defensive secondary with ease and precision.
One of the bright spots, however, has been the play of cornerback Marcus Williams. Despite not winning a starting spot alongside cornerback Darrelle Revis during training camp/preseason football, he’s making a huge impact coming in on situational plays. His speed, high football IQ, and ability to make big plays is making him stand out in a secondary that needs a lot of help.
Against the Buffalo Bills, Williams recorded a key interception that put the Jets in a position to win. Williams has an interception now in two consecutive games and has totaled nine interceptions in 23 games.
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The Jets decided to have defensive back Buster Skrine do a position change this offseason from safety to cornerback.
He has experience as a cornerback dating back to his tenure with the Cleveland Browns but still hasn’t found his stride as envisioned.
While the transition is still going to take him a few more weeks to put everything together, Williams is slowly making a name for himself.
Considering Skrine and Revis don’t have an interception yet this season, it’s only a matter of time before the Jets decide to make changes if things don’t improve quickly.
Since the Jets will be facing some tough opponents over the next few weeks, it’s imperative they field the best defensive players possible.
Overall, since Revis is declining and Skrine still isn’t as consistent as he could be, Williams is turning into a bonafide star. Even though he’s not getting as many reps as he should, he’s still making key plays on defense. At the rate he’s going, it’s only a matter of time before more playing time comes his way, especially with those ahead of him struggling to have the kind of impact he’s had at the start of the season.