Cornerback Bryson Keeton enters his sophomore season with the New York Jets as he’ll have his work cut out for him to make the final 53-man roster.
Fans of the New York Jets have been heavily analyzing the team’s secondary throughout the offseason and throughout spring practices. The names being debated are the better known potential starters such as Juston Burris, Morris Claiborne, Darryl Roberts, and Buster Skrine.
Yet this team has other young options, that with good training camps could very well work their way into the mix. One of those players is Bryson Keeton as here’s his complete training camp profile.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
Keeton came to the Jets as a walk on tryout player at the team’s rookie mini camp last year. He impressed the team’s coaching staff and was signed as an undrafted free agent. The young cornerback remained with the team until final cuts and after clearing waivers, the Jets signed him to their practice squad.
Keeton started his collegiate career at the University of Nevada where he saw limited time as a cornerback and safety. Opting for more playing time, Keeton transferred to Montana State University for his final two years.
Keeton now has a year under coach Todd Bowles defensive schemes and will have the opportunity to hone his game under the team’s defensive back coach Dennard Wilson. Keeton is listed as being 6’2″ and 190 pounds. He fits into the youth movement of the Jets as he just turned 24 years old.
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It was difficult finding pro day results as Keeton wasn’t invited to last year’s NFL Combine. From what I could find, he ran a forty yard dash of 4.45 at Nevada and rumor has it he was clocked with a low 4.38 time at Montana. Neither time is official, nor is the report that he has a 42″ vertical jump.
Keeton is athletic, however. Watching film of him shows a player that is quick to the ball and does well to break up passes. He’s a physical cornerback, playing more off coverage and zone coverage than man to man at the line of scrimmage. Keeton’s skills were raw last year, and he has work to be done if he plans on making this year’s roster.
In college he played primarily on the outside, watching film, he excelled when things happened in front of him. His problems came when receivers got behind him, he had problems getting his head turned around for the football and as a result, he picked up several holding calls. His tackling in the run game is solid, but he does have a problem trying to lay on a big hit instead of wrapping up the runner.
2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Keeton has his work cut out for him if he wants to remain on the Jets’ roster. He may hang around due to his experience at both the safety and corner positions. However, if wants to make a serious push at either position, he will need to show the coaching staff the determination and work ethic that is required at the NFL level.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
The team has added several young players to their secondary since Keeton showed up on the scene, and competitions will be tight even for practice squad spots. If I had to wager a guess, Keeton’s chance of breaking into the 53-man roster would be somewhere around 40/60. He’s talented, the question to be answered this summer, is he talented enough?