NY Jets Position Group No. 6 - Safeties
This position is a bit of a mixed bag.
On one hand, there is no doubt that Marcus Maye is one of the best safeties in the league. Last year proved him worthy of that title, as he was one of the few glimpses of light in a secondary that saw itself ripped to shreds time and time again in 2020.
That being said, he isn't without flaws. On several occasions, he found himself beat in his coverage. This also isn't mentioning the elephant in the room of how he will be playing the 2021 season on the franchise tag.
Ignoring the topic of how the future will play out with Marcus Maye, for this season alone, there is no reason to think that Maye won't be the same safety he was last season if not better.
The question marks arise on the opposite side of Maye, as there is a glaring hole in what was once thought to be the next dominant duo in the NFL.
Second year safety Ashtyn Davis, who was thought to be a raw athlete, could step up opposite to Maye. However, he has been placed on the PUP list, robbing coaches and fans alike to see if he has progressed since last season.
The team signed Lamarcus Joyner in the offseason, but Joyner is 30-years-old — clearly not what Joe Douglas has in mind for the youth movement he had envisioned.
Rookies Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen could also play the safety position, as those are the roles they played in college —although it's likely that Robert Saleh will play them primarily at linebacker.
For the moment, the team seems half set at the safety position. However, it would be ideal for answers to be found sooner, rather than later for this group to succeed.