Marcus Maye signals new attitude for Jets defense
By Michael Pallas
There will be a new attitude in 2017 for the New York Jets. Gang Green wisely adding a new safety that is ready to bring some much-needed aggression into their secondary.
According to many, when the New York Jets drafted safety Jamal Adams in Round 1, they drafted a great leader on the field, as well as one of the most physical safeties in the 2017 NFL Draft. They added, even more, physicality to the defensive backfield with the addition of safety Marcus Maye in Round 2.
There’s no doubt the Jets will be a much more physical team in the middle of the field in 2017. Maye can play man-to-man in nickel coverage or zone from either safety spot.
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Over 21 percent of the passes that went Maye’s way were either broken up or intercepted while he was a starter with the Gators. In addition to that, he forced six fumbles and recovered two.
Maye also had 6.5 tackles for loss and a sack. So, he has a nose for the football.
Last night’s pick signals a new attitude in New York. They want to set the tone on defense with the combination of hard-hitting safeties and a dominant defensive front.
The Jets now have a three level defense that can be aggressive. Both Maye and Adams will be able to jump in the box and stop the run.
Now that general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles can put their stamp on this team, there’s no doubt what Bowles wants to do now with this defense. He’s building a defense that’s similar to the one he had in Arizona.
He has physical defensive backfield, a solid linebacking corps, and pass rushers on the front. The safety tandem now has the ability to give the pass rushers enough time to get to the quarterback. Expect the Jets to be more potent with their pass rush and force more turnovers. This defense will be a force to reckon with.