The biggest free agent acquisition by the New York Jets this offseason easily goes to cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Not only will he be a key defender this upcoming season but it should elevate the game of cornerback Buster Skrine.
When it was announced that cornerback Trumaine Johnson decided he was going to sign with the New York Jets, it was huge news for the franchise and fans everywhere at the start of free agency. It’s no secret that at the time, Johnson was the top cornerback hitting free agency and the fact that he picked the Jets makes them an even better team heading into the upcoming season.
Besides everything that Johnson brings to the table, his presence will elevate the game of those around him, especially fellow cornerback Buster Skrine. Last season, Skrine was consistent to a degree but was playing outside of his natural position.
With Johnson and Morris Claiborne likely to take the top two cornerback spots once training camp is in the books, this will now allow Skrine to focus more on being on the inside when it comes to his coverage duties. This is the position that made him famous during his tenure with the Cleveland Browns.
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Now with a new cornerback in town, Skrine should be able to thrive in what could be his biggest season yet. Not only is Skrine going to do his best to make the Jets a competitive team in 2018, but also for his future contract.
This is the final year in the contract he signed with the Jets back in 2015 as it’s expected he’s going to step up his game and deliver consistent results to prove his worth. The defensive secondary of the Jets has the potential to be among the best in the NFL if everything falls into place.
If Skrine can have another breakout year in 2018, the Jets could very well surprise many in a season that many believe they’ll likely be on the losing end of the spectrum.