New York Jets Defensive Backfield – who’s – who

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The New York Jets have a cornerback situation, whether that’s good or bad has yet to be determined and nothing is set in stone heading into camp in 2014.

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The Jets have talent at corner with now 2nd year pro Dee Milliner.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman expects Dee Milliner to pick up where he left off last season and head coach Rex Ryan is applying the pressure declaring Milliner the Jets No. 1 cornerback.

“His challenge will be to be in world class shape because we’ve got to have you out there,”

Ryan said after Milliner tweaked a hamstring during one OTA session.

“He needs to be out there and he needs to get work because that’s when he’s going to get better and we saw as the year went on last year. He got better because of the work on the practice field and in the classroom.”

Repetition, recognizing offensive lineups equal reflex defensive positing.

Milliner was benched twice during his rookie campaign but rebounded and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December after totaling three INTs, 13 passes defended and 27 tackles in five games.

Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster was recently quoted as saying:

“I feel like Dee has matured ” adding “Dee knows the game now. The last four weeks of the (2013) season, [ future Hall of Fame Safety ] Ed Reed took Dee under his wing. He just taught him the game. As of right now, I feel like, in the future or this year, Dee is going to be one of the top corners in the NFL.”

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Lankster now figures to be 3rd in depth behind McDougle but still contributes on special teams.

LanksterWas signed to the New York Jets active roster on October 11,2011 and in 2012 saw increased playing time following an injury to Isaiah Trufant (now with Cleveland browns)..

He was Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, out of West Virginia. Lankster in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears, intercepted Bears’ backup quarterback Brett Basanez twice within a span of 64 seconds. Both turnovers led to touchdowns.
He didn’t make the cut with the Bill’s however and did a pre season with the
Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL before signing with the Jets.

Ellis Lankster (5’9”, 190) also plays special teams for the Jets, recalling a game against the Miami Dolphins in 2013:

“I was running down the field like I normally do and I saw a wall of three people coming my way. I was like, ‘No, all three of them can’t be for me,’ so I tried to do a move to get around them, but all of them came and grabbed me. So I was just like, ‘It is what it is, somebody else is going to make the tackle.”

“I ain’t never been triple-teamed before last week,” Lankster said and that includes, NFL, college, high school football.
“It really shocked me. I wasn’t even mad. I was just doing my job.”

Miami special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi sought him out after the game to tell them that he was a priority for him and his men in preparing for the game.

“Oh man, it’s an honor to me, that’s the best feeling in the world, because if another team’s coach tells me that, then I must be doing something good. It’s one of my best moments.” Lankster said.

RotoWorld report:
Jets re-signed CB Ellis Lankster to a two-year, $1.63 million contract.
Lankster is a productive special teamer for the Jets. He racked up 13 tackles on kick and punt coverage and played just 30 defensive snaps in 2013.
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Josh Bush (25) 5′-11″ 205#
ESPN New York considers second-year S Josh Bush “the “favorite” to win the Jets’ starting free safety job.
Bush played in only five games on defense as a rookie, but made eight special teams tackles and earned a longer look. The Jets got away with coverage liability Yeremiah Bell at free safety last year, so Bush can’t be a huge downgrade. The Wake Forest alum dabbled at both cornerback and safety in college”.
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Source: ESPN New York/RotoWorld.com

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On the other side the JETS brought in 31 year old, Dimitri Patterson on a one year $3 million dollar contract.
Patterson it’s expected to play the outside across from Milliner. He had decent production with the Miami Dolphins last season racking up four interceptions in six games, but Patterson (5’10”, 200-pounds) ended the 2013 season on injured reserve with a groin injury. This is the chance he has been seeking having stated that he has not been given the opportunity he feels he’s earned.

“He has the ability to make plays and that’s one thing you can’t teach as a coach,”

DC – Dennis Thurman said.

“You can’t teach a guy to go out and have the ability to make plays. We like his playmaking ability.”

The Jets picked up Maryland CB-Dexter McDougle in the third round of the 2014 draft. A pick many pundits saw as a reach as he only played in three games last season. McDougle, who had a season-ending shoulder injury last September, traded his red shirt for green as he was medically cleared to practice for the JETS OTA’s.

McDougle projects as a situational player for the Jets this, his rookie year and will likely see time on special teams.
Right now he sits behind Milliner and Patterson.

There are questions concerning his footwork and like Calvin Pryor, his tendency to sometimes be over-aggressive. The Jets like their corners to play press man coverage, something he will be working on during camp.

McDougle was an all ACC academic selection, and received Maryland’s inaugural Ultimate Team Player Award for the way he handled himself last season after his injury and recovery. The award itself bears his name.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman was all-In in the McDougle pick.

“The first time he watched the tape, he came and got me. He was like, ‘Oh I got the guy right here.’ So of all the corners, he was certainly up there with all of them,”

Head Coach Rex Ryan said.

“He fits us, he can play press and he’s smart. Those two things you always talk about factors when you talk about grading corners — can you find the football and can you catch it? He can do both.”

The Jets want Dexter McDougle to develop and challenge Patterson on the outside.

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Kyle Wilson is slated in at the nickel spot?

Wilson has the closing burst of speed to cut off any route by any receiver. His straight-line speed is deadly on the sidelines and he uses it to read the quarterback and cut off the inside route.
Aside from his abilities as a corner, Wilson is a return specialist. – zack Nally 2010 report

According to Footballrumors.com; Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, stated: there is a good chance that Jets CB – Kyle Wilson is entering a season that could be his last opportunity to put it together.
Cimini has previously mentioned that Wilson could be nearing the end of his time with the Jets.

Wilson, 26, was taken with the No. 29 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jets.

While he hasn’t missed a game in his four-year career, he has yet to live up to his draft status.

Last year, Wilson totaled 26 tackles and two passes defend and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 77 cornerback in the league.

Post organized team activities Rex Ryan said:

I really feel good about him

“He’s attacking the ball in the air, taking a leadership role” – Hagen

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N.Y. Jets

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ANTONIO ALLEN, S
Training camp is important for Allen strong play could equal snaps and a starting job. Allen picked off Tom Brady returning it for a touchdown in Week 7, Allen got first team action in OTAs. so they may see if he can start alongside Calvin Pryor at safety.

Thurman says the Jets refer to Darrin Walls as “Mariano Rivera” because he has to be steady in relief and Ellis Lankster is a talented reserve. The Jets also signed burner Jeremy Reeves, who has impressed in the offseason.
New York Jets report on Reeves;
“Reeves (5’7”, 170) was signed shortly after he had a strong showing at Iowa State’s pro day on Tuesday with a 4.29-second 40, a 43″ vertical leap and an 11’6″ broad jump.
Reeves played three seasons for Iowa State, from 2010-12. In that span he played in 38 games for the Cyclones with 26 starts. He had 202 totals tackles, five interceptions, and scored three touchdowns —a 91-yard INT return in 2010, a 31-yard INT return in ISU’s 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl game against Tuas, and a 42-yard onside-kickoff return the game after his INT-return TD in ’10.
He sat out last season rehabbing following reported pectoral surgery in March 2013.”

Espn piece on Pryor…………
Calvin Pryor has been known at various times throughout his life as “Third Man,” “Bone Crusher” and the “Louisville Slugger.”

By the time the 2014 season is complete, he should have another moniker on his résumé: NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The 18th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the New York Jets was not the most acclaimed defensive player coming out of college. A safety from Louisville, Pryor did not create the buzz that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack did.

Pryor’s head wasn’t spinning after his first minicamp. His mouth was running, yes, to the point that second-year quarterback Geno Smith quipped that Pryor had not earned the right to chirp. Yet”.

“It’s how we want to play defense,” Ryan said: “Big hits still win games.”

General manager John Idzik said of Pryor: “He just plays like a Jet.”

Pryor played three seasons at Louisville and developed a reputation as a hitter, earning nickname “Louisville Slugger.” As a junior, the 5-foot-11, 207-pound Pryor knocked an opponent out in three consecutive games. He left as Louisville’s all-time leader with nine forced fumbles and seven interceptions.

Even though Pryor spent time working with the first-team defense during minicamp, Ryan refused to state Pryor was a starter, the only knock on him was missed tackles. When he goes for that big hit he’s in the zone and has occasionally missed the tackle while trying for the big hit.

Is Landry the third safety and Jaiquawn Jarrett, what’s his role?

 Dawan Landry, was a starter last year. Like Ed Reed he was a mentor in the backfield. But Landry is 31, and while he started 16 games for the Jets and won the “Iron Jet Award” as the the top-conditioned Jet of the offseason, 2014 May see him slip on the depth chart as younger players compete for the role.

But don’t count SS Dawan Landry out of contention for a starting job at strong safety.He was the Jets’ third-leading tackler and the secondary’s field general. We may see more of a rotation at safety with Landry, Antonio Allen and Calvin Pryor sharing time at the positions.

Remember the Jets finished 31st in takeaways last season and will need to create turnovers this season, against this schedule.

The Jets drafted Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle in the third round to challenge for one of the starting corner spots  Dee Milliner, who played well at the end of last season is now a second year veteran with a lot expected from him this year.

The Jets brought in veteran Dimitri Patterson to line up across from Milliner.

The Jet defense ranked 11th overall in allowing 334.9 yards per game last season, look for this to improved as the line remains intact and Sheldon Richardson was named defensive rookie of the year..

Richardson became the fourth player to win the award. The Jets hope to add Calvin Pryor to the list that only two safeties, the Jets’ Erik McMillan in 1988 and Chicago’s Mark Carrier in 1990, have won.

It is expected that Calvin Pryor will make big hits as he strives to impress and back up his chatter. He should have no problem creating turnovers. We know he’ll make plays. But Can he join Sheldon Richardson as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

CBs Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls and Dexter McDougle: will battle for starting Number three cornerback spot is not over. Kyle Wilson, rookie Dexter McDougle and Darrin Walls will all try to unseat Dimitri Patterson for the No. 2 job. That may be rotational but the remainder will compete for the slot or nickel role that Kyle Wilson has played.

Jets claimed CB – Johnny Patrick off waivers:

Before the start of free agency, the Jets picked up veteran cornerback, Johnny Patrick (25) off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

Patrick, a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2011. The former Louisville standout lasted only two seasons in New Orleans. He was used primarily as a slot corner in the nickel package (think Kyle Wilson). In 13 games with Chargers last season, of which he started only four, He recorded 1 Int, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF and 2 pass plays broken up. Patrick’s prior injuries include: concussions and ankle injury.

Josh Bush is expected to back up Landry, Antonio Allen, a seventh-round pick of the Jets last year, played in seven games while spending the rest of the season on the practice squad.

Jaiquan Jarrett 6′-0″ 200# safety was a second-round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 but was cut in 2012.
He signed a contract with the Jets for the 2013 season.
Going into training camp, Jarrett and Allen look to be capable backups.

Getting cut was “surreal, It made me understand and realize how the business is, so I was just thankful for the opportunity that the Jets organization has given me.”

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Ras-I Dowling, 6′-1″ 215#
Drafted by the Patriots, was with the team for the 2011-2012 seasons.
Dowling was a second-team All-American as a senior at Virginia, and the Patriots hoped his size and length would pay off, however he was injury prone (Leg), which ultimately ended his time in New England.

Dowling has his own website: Rasidowling.com

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The Patriots had great thing to say about Dowling, except what went wrong.

“He’s got a lot of qualities that we like in a corner,” Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference following Day 2 of the Draft. “He’s a smart kid, been in a good program, done well in that system. We can see him playing all the different types of coverages that, at some point or another, we would use. He’s a good tackler, plays well in the kicking game, so I think he’ll be a good addition for us.”

Was he uncoachable?

“He hasn’t played safety,” Belichick said. “But I think he has the size, ball skills and tackling ability that you could probably make an argument that he could project in there if you wanted him to. I think for right now, we’ll play him at the corner, but he is big. He does tackle well. He’s tough. He’s got good range, good ball skills. I wouldn’t say that he couldn’t play in there, but that isn’t really what he’s done.”

“We really felt like Ras-I Dowling was a good pick for us [at No. 33]. Big corner, good tackler, been in a good program there in Virginia with coach [Al] Groh and Mike London this past year. [He’s] a guy that’s played in a system pretty similar to what we’ve run. Very impressive kid.”

Dowling Signed a reserve / future contract with the Jets January, 2014.

RotoWorld.com:
The Jets “have been impressed” with CB Ras-I Dowling.
Dowling is working with the second team at OTAs, but will push for a sub-package role if Kyle Wilson continues to struggle.
The Jets want to use Dimitri Patterson at slot corner, so one of Dowling, Darrin Walls, or Dexter McDougle could see snaps outside.
Dowling has been a bust since being the 33rd overall pick in 2011. The 26-year-old is a reclamation project for coach Rex Ryan.
Source: ESPN New York

Welcome to the New York Jets training camp 2014 style.

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