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3 key ways the NY Jets secondary will be radically improved in 2022

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The Superstar CB Infusion

Or course, this new safety infusion only scratches the surface of the club's newly rebuild secondary. The biggest chip comes in the form of No. 4 overall draft pick Sauce Gardner. Additionally, the club also landed former 49er and Seahawk D.J. Reed.

There are plenty of reasons to believe that the former Cinncinatti superstar will transform the Jets' pass defense, but my favorite stat is the fact that he "was the only cornerback of the PFF college-era to play over 1,000 coverage snaps without a single touchdown allowed."

Gardner has the potential to become a Darrelle Revis-caliber corner. It would seem that his floor is something in the realm of Antonio Cromartie. If you remember, Cromartie was a perennial Pro-Bowler during his time with Gang Green.

This superstar talent will form a nightmare combo when paired with a budding Bryce Hall, whose man coverage grade ranked sixth out of 106 qualified cornerbacks in 2021.

In fact, these three could immediately form one of the best defensive backs trios in the league. At their age, they could also wreak havoc in New York for many years to come.

The potential for secondary dominance doesn't stop there. Former San Fransico defensive back DJ Reed's 78.6 PFF grade shows that he can be an excellent asset in the passing game. A closer look at the former Seattle standout shows that his metrics and statistics show that he has All-Pro potential as a pass defender.

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