Brian Poole packs a punch at Jets training camp
The New York Jets may have a turnover machine in defensive back Brian Poole, one of the many new additions made this offseason.
While most of the headlines for the New York Jets this offseason have centered around other big signings (Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley) and big changes in the coaching and front office ranks, one move that flew under the radar could pay big dividends.
Despite neglecting to address their need at corner during the early rounds of the 2019 NFL draft, the Jets still made an underrated signing when they added free agent Brian Poole to the roster.
Poole is wasting little time making an impact during his first training camp in Florham Park, punching a pair of forced fumbles in a single practice.
A stud defender for the Atlanta Falcons before coming to New York, Poole was loving the chance to get on the field and show his mettle (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
Man, it felt really good. To go out there and compete against new teammates, really just get my groove going with the guys in the secondary. It felt really good just to be back on the grass out there competing.
Poole’s playmaking ways caught the attention of new head coach Adam Gase, who believes the challenge from another free agent addition, slot receiver Jamison Crowder, is helping Poole take his game to a whole new level:
It was good to see him get involved. That’s what he does. He has his hands full going against Crowder every day. I think those two guys are making each other better and that battle is going to go on all camp. It’s going to be good.
While the Jets will be hoping Trumaine Johnson bounces back from a disappointing 2018 campaign to be the shut-down corner they signed him to be, Poole is already showing he’s more than capable of being an impact player.
The slot corner spot has become one of the most important on today’s NFL defenses, and Poole gives the Jets the perfect fit. We’re only a few days into training camp, but Poole is already looking like one of the team’s most cost-effective signings in an active offseason.