The New York Jets added a huge free agent to their defensive secondary this offseason. Combining that with a great and young nucleus, makes the secondary the Jets biggest strength on defense.
As the New York Jets prepare for the upcoming season, their defense will likely once again not be able to get the job done consistently when it comes to quarterback pressure and sacks. A lack of a pass rush will once again define this team as the defensive line still has a lot of question marks around it. The Jets didn’t do much to add another high-quality defensive end to team up with Leonard Williams so he could very well struggle once again thanks to double teams.
Ideally, the Jets are banking that since the NFL is mostly a passing league, their defensive secondary will be a force to reckon with in 2018. The Jets added the top free agent cornerback in Trumaine Johnson to an already solid secondary that will easily make it their biggest strength on defense.
Johnson brings a lot of experience and consistent play which should translate well in his first season with the Jets. Combine him with Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine and the Jets cornerback situation looks very good.
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Starting safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are coming off impressive rookie seasons and have gotten better with experience. Expect to see them continue to shine as all in all, the defensive secondary of the Jets has the makings to be an extremely talented group.
A group that can potentially shut down even the most potent offensive attacks it will face in 2018. If the Jets are to be a contending team, it will come down to their ability to create big turnovers on defense. Last year, the Jets only had 11 interceptions which should improve this time around thanks to the addition of Johnson and experience earned to all the young defensive backs.
Overall, this will be a key area on the Jets defense and one of which will be very fun to watch as the season progresses. Expect this unit to surprise many in 2018 and be a big reason why the Jets will be in a lot of football games thanks to the above-average talent in the positional group.