The New York Jets just signed a new cornerback in Mark Myers, but how tall a task will he face in making the final 53-man roster?
Any successful NFL defense relies on depth to make it through the long season, which is why any signing can turn out to be a significant one. The Jets added a fresh face to their secondary by signing cornerback Mark Myers earlier this week, throwing yet another hat into the ring as offseason workouts continue and training camp draws near.
We've signed CB Mark Myers and waived S John Battle.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 13, 2019
An undrafted free agent signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2018 NFL draft, Myers was a four-year starter at Southeastern University, where he tallied 91 tackles, 25 pass breakups and nine interceptions, per the team’s official release on the move.
As far as the depth chart is concerned, the Jets should have their top two spots locked in with Trumaine Johnson and Brian Poole, but there could be a wide-open race for roster spots after that. Morris Claiborne hasn’t been retained after spending the last two seasons in the Gang Green, and 2018 sixth-round pick Parry Nickerson is the most promising cover man on the roster after Johnson and Poole.
The Jets spent a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft on Bless Austin, who should have an inside track to making the team over any other new additions. Undrafted free agent Kyron Brown (Akron) will also be new competition for Myers.
While there’s some veteran experience at the top of the depth chart that’s not likely to be challenged, Myers finds himself in a fairly advantageous position in New York. If he’s able to impress in training camp, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him stick on the final 53-man roster, especially if he can carve out a role as a reliable special-teamer.