The New York Jets need somebody to step up in the starting corner role, and Darryl Roberts is ready to rise to the occasion.
Heading into the 2019 season, the New York Jets have plenty of talented weapons on defense.
Thanks to the addition of free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley, and the presence of Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, the Jets could end up with one of the most surprising defenses in the entire NFL this year.
But one spot that still isn’t shored up yet? Cornerback, where New York is desperate for someone to establish himself as the top dog of the group.
Darryl Roberts is ready to be that player, and he’s always preparing that way (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
To me, it feels the same because I’ve always thought I could be a starter on any team. Every day I come in the building, I prepare the same whether if I was a nickel corner, dime or backing up. I always go about the game the same way and prepare the same way as if I were up or going to start.
I feel like I’m doing pretty good right now. I’m really trying to hone in, focus on my technique and try to be consistent, try to be sound every day.
Trumaine Johnson was signed to a big contract last offseason, but he failed to live up to expectations in his first season with the Gang Green. This year, the Jets signed veteran Brian Poole in free agency, but in today’s NFL, every successful defense needs three quality corners in their starting lineup.
That leaves the Jets counting on Roberts, especially after waiting until the later rounds of the 2019 NFL draft to address the position.
From the sound of it, Roberts is ready for the challenge.