The New York Jets added another cornerback to the mix in Parry Nickerson out of Tulane in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are some early expectations for him.
When it comes to head coach Todd Bowles and how he runs his New York Jets defense, he loves having a lot of cornerbacks, especially ones that provide good depth. Bowles got that in Round 6 of the 2018 NFL Draft when the Jets decided to take a chance on cornerback Parry Nickerson out of Tulane.
Right off the bat, Nickerson brings a no-nonsense attitude every single time he’s on the field. He hustles on every play and is a fiery competitor which is exactly the kind of player Bowles likes to see in his defensive secondary. The only problem is his height that might be a problem as he transitions to the pros.
At 5-10 and 182lbs., his small size might hinder his ability at the next level which could present some obstacles in front of him in order to be a successful and consistent cornerback. Despite his size, no one can knock him when it comes to his performance on the field where it matters most.
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In his collegiate career, Nickerson totaled 188 tackles, 16 interceptions, 31 passes defended, and four forced fumbles. He’s best suited in the nickel cornerback role on the Jets defense as he’s eased into the lineup. Ideally, he’ll likely see a lot of time on special teams as he moves his way up the depth chart.
Considering that Nickerson has a knack for taking down anyone holding the football, he can develop into a solid tackler on special teams that can use his speed to take down kickoff and punt returners. Hopefully, this is an area he can excel in since the Jets need this type of aggression to bolster that aspect of special teams.
Early expectations have Nickerson used mostly on special teams and likely in a rotational role in the nickel position on defense. His time will come but patience is key here as he gets used to life in the NFL. He’ll earn playing time as he will undoubtedly stand out early and often during minicamp and training camp of the Jets.