As the New York Jets prepare for the upcoming season ahead, Pro Football Focus ranks their defensive secondary at No. 22.
So far this offseason, one of the biggest free agents to hit the market, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, decided to take his talents to the New York Jets. In doing so, he solidified an already impressive defensive secondary featuring young and upcoming stars in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. On paper, the Jets secondary could be a top unit but for now, Pro Football Focus sees things a bit differently heading into the regular season.
While Adams and Maye received pretty high PFF scores, Johnson has a grade of 74.2. Ideally, the Jets cornerback situation could turn into a weakness if both Johnson and Morris Claiborne don’t remain healthy and effective. Buster Skrine returns again in 2018 and since he’s known to be a penalty machine, has a PFF grade of 65.7 which is pretty accurate.
PFF likely believes that Adams leads the pack that could make the Jets secondary a formidable unit. Health could be a concern at the cornerback position which is likely why PFF ranked the Jets overall secondary at No. 22.
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In an article written by Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus, here’s why he believes the Jets land at that position:
It’s rare to see a safety come into the league and be able to execute a number of different roles early in his career, but that’s what made Adams a top 10 pick a season ago. Adams lined up all over the formation with over 100 snaps as deep safety, box safety, linebacker and even slot corner a season ago. His 81.2 overall grade on those snaps means he can more than hold his own wherever he lines up.
In the grand scheme of things, Renner is right as Adams will easily be the shining star out of the entire secondary. His above-average style of play, charisma, and leadership will make him one of the top defensive backs to watch all season long.
Luckily for the Jets, Adams looks like he’ll be a cornerstone defender for many years to come and one that they can continue to build around for consistent results. Hopefully, he continues to develop as the Jets rebuild the right way now for a better future later.
Overall, to see the Jets secondary land at No. 22 by PFF seems about right since the unit has the potential to be good but still needs a few more pieces to continue moving up the rankings. Johnson should be a solid addition at CB1 but at CB2 and the overall depth at cornerback behind the starters, will likely hold the unit back a bit this upcoming season.