Juston Burris set to increase productivity in 2017
By Samuel Sutton
New York Jets rookie cornerback Juston Burris showed promise in 2016. Without veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis on the roster, he has a chance to increase that production.
While New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris didn’t wow anybody in 2016, he did show promise as a backup. Last season, Burris was able to get one interception, nine tackles, and five pass deflections. As for as fourth-round draft picks go, that’s not too bad.
With veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis off the roster, Burris should get a lot more reps with the Jets in 2017. It is likely that he won’t be in the starting role, but he will probably be able to get a lot of time in the slot position.
If he does get more reps, then he should have no problem increasing his stats. Burris showed that he had pro potential during his time at North Carolina State, getting three interceptions, five sacks, and two forced fumbles in three seasons.
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Yes, it is just college, but it was still enough to catch the eye of a pro football team. Plus the potential that he showed during his first year in the pros was enough to keep a roster spot through training camp.
While it is true that the team signed Morris Claiborne from Dallas, it still doesn’t mean he won’t get more reps. Claiborne only had one good season, and just like almost every other year, it was ended abruptly due to injury. If this happens again, and it is likely, then Burris will definitely get more reps.
The bottom line is that the Jets got a steal in the fourth-round in the 2016 NFL Draft, and they need to keep building on his potential. If they do, then he will more than likely become a great defender on a team that desperately needs it. Also, it’s a rebuilding year, which means everyone should have a chance to be evaluated.