Things are changing faster than a New York minute for cornerback Juston Burris as he is now doing his best to simply earn a final roster spot on the New York Jets.
When the New York Jets took a chance on cornerback Juston Burris in Round 4 of the 2016 NFL Draft, they were getting a player that showed glimpses of brilliance but needed further development. Yes, Burris needed some work to take his career to the next level but the potential was there.
Entering his third season with the Jets, Burris is finding himself on the outside looking in. He didn’t do much in his rookie season and last year, when it was expected he’d have more of an impact on defense, he wasn’t able to put together anything worth mentioning.
From getting outplayed by receiving targets to blown defensive assignments, Burris was benched last season due to a steep decline in performance. He was only able to get playing time due to injuries to the starters ahead of him on the depth chart but again, didn’t do much of anything to show he’s progressing. Like it always is in the NFL, if you’re unable to get the job done, you’ll be replaced by someone who can until you’re eventually phased out.
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Such is the case with Burris as he’s trying to find redemption heading into Jets training camp. So far this offseason, the Jets added more talent at cornerback with their biggest free agent signing in Trumaine Johnson.
Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine also return to the Jets secondary as these top players will likely earn the starting cornerback positions on defense. The rest? All competing for backup positions and to simply make the final roster at the end of training camp.
It looks like Burris is ready for the task at hand since for now, he’s playing for a roster spot since the past few seasons haven’t earned him any job security whatsoever. So far in his tenure with the Jets, Burris has only totaled 27 tackles, seven passes defended, and two interceptions.
In an article written by Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, here’s how Burris plans to go through the obstacles that await him in training camp:
“So the way I approach it, I’m going to make every play I can. We’re all going to make that decision hard for Coach (Todd Bowles) when it comes that time. Me worried about it? No. You can’t be worried about that. You got to go out there and play. Whoever makes the most plays is going to be on the team. That’s it. That’s the end of it.”
Hopefully, Burris comes into training camp with that chip on his shoulder and proves that he’s worth keeping around for the upcoming season. If not, he’ll likely be a training camp casualty and have to look for a new team to call home if he’s able to earn a spot elsewhere.