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D.J. Reed has been the NY Jets best player through two games

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The NY Jets made a number of high-profile additions this past offseason, but one name that seemingly got overlooked was cornerback D.J. Reed.

Overshadowed by the arrival of fellow cornerback Sauce Gardner and a host of other young additions, Reed flew a bit under the radar this summer as he nursed a nagging hamstring injury. Evidently, that injury hasn't bothered him during the regular season.

Reed has arguably been the best player on the Jets' roster through two weeks. The former fifth-round pick has looked the part of a shutdown cornerback and has played like a top-five player at his position in pretty much every metric.

While Gardner has been the focus of attention, Reed is doing his best to steal the spotlight. And so far, he deserves all the praise he can get.

Just how good has D.J. Reed been for the NY Jets?

The Jets signed Reed to a three-year, $33 million contract this offseason with the hopes of bolstering a young and inexperienced cornerback room. While he was initially seen as the team's new No. 1 cornerback, the arrival of Gardner changed things.

Still, while Gardner has impressed in his own right, it's been Reed who has emerged as one of the most valuable players on the roster.

Reed's 86.3 Pro Football Focus coverage grade ranks second among all qualified cornerbacks, trailing only Darius Slay by 0.6 points. He's allowed just three catches for 24 yards on 10 total targets and didn't allow a single catch in Week 1.

That 30 percent catch rate ranks third among all qualified cornerbacks while his three catches allowed are tied for third. Those 24 yards are also the fifth-fewest allowed by a qualified cornerback through two weeks.

Again, by every metric, he's been one of the best players at his position. Other Jets such as Quinnen Williams, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and even Garrett Wilson have gotten off to strong starts, but none have dominated quite like Reed has.

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The season is still young, but D.J. Reed has made about as strong of a first impression as the Jets could have asked for. A secondary that not long ago felt like a weakness has now been solidified as a strength, thanks in large part to Reed.

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