NY Jets cornerback depth chart
• Starters: Bryce Hall, Blessuan Austin
• Backups: Jason Pinnock, Lamar Jackson, Isaiah Dunn, Justin Hardee, Zane Lewis, Corey Ballentine
The position on the Jets that has arguably the biggest question marks moving forward is cornerback. Depending on what side of the fence you are on, most are expecting or hoping that the Jets go out and acquire a veteran cornerback before training camp begins.
It seems foolhardy and risky to go into the season with so much uncertainty at a crucial spot on the Jets' defense. The Jets' staff loves their group of young players by all accounts, but their faith might come back to haunt them if they don't address this area before the season rolls around.
The outside cornerback spot in this system has traditionally had players with size and length. Something that Bryce Hall and Blessuan Austin both possess.
Rookie Jason Pinnock also fits those traits perfectly, and he could push for a starting spot sooner than many would anticipate.
With Justin Hardee locked in at one spot because of his special teams' prowess, the back end of the depth chart at the outside corner spot will be a challenging competition.
Returning players like Lamar Jackson will be fighting off the likes of rookie Isaiah Dunn and company.
NY Jets nickel cornerback depth chart
• Starter: Javelin Guidry
• Backups: Michael Carter II, Elijah Campbell, Brandin Echols
It's Javelin Guidry's job to lose based on how well he played his rookie year, but the competition will be intense. Like many open positions on the Jets, it comes down to the inherited holdovers versus the hand-picked players.
Michael Carter II is one of those handpicked players.
Carter was drafted with the nickel role in mind, and he's got a shot to usurp Guidry as the team's starting slot cornerback. How quickly the heady Carter picks up the defense will determine if he's out there in Week 1 patrolling the nickel spot.
Players like Carter and Elijah Campbell, who can play man coverage and have experience playing safety, are ideal fits for the Jimmie Ward type role that the Jets' new defensive staff led by Jeff Ulbrich and Robert Saleh are looking to fill.
A wild card in this group not listed is Lamarcus Joyner. A player that the Jets have openly talked about keeping at his natural safety spot.
So much so that the early word from head coach Robert Saleh is that Joyner is expected to be the team's starting free safety. The Jets could deploy many three-safety looks in their base defense, but Joyner could see some time in the slot regardless.