Jets remain optimistic amid Cornerback woes
CORTLAND, NY — With news of Dexter McDougle’s torn ACL, Dimitri Patterson battling calf and ankle ailments in pads working with trainers and now Dee Milliner’s high-ankle sprain rendering him in a walking boot and out for the next 3-4 weeks, the current state of the Jets secondary is less than ideal.
Which is why much attention and eyes have turned to Jets GM John Idzik and his decision in the off-season not to get a more established veteran name in free agency; with the team reportedly having $21.7M in cap room according to espnnewyork.com.
“I don’t think immediate spending translates into winning,” Idzik said to reporters after practice. “I think responsible spending translates into sustainable winning.”
To reiterate his stance on how he felt when asked about not signing established free-agent cornerbacks this offseason — he replied, “We have no regrets whatsoever.”
While Dee Milliner’s status remains uncertain for Week 1, the Jets tried a new attempt at finding some semblance of normalcy at the position — through trying out Safety Antonio Allen along with Ellis Lankster at Corner back during practice.
Allen came in and performed immensely well grabbing two interceptions on the day. He was able to run step for step down the sideline flanking Stephen Hill as an outside Corner back.
From the top, the Jets continue to show unwavering confidence in their ability to weather the storm and overcoming the bevy of challenges that’s come the way of the backend of the defense.
“This is going to work,” said Coach Rex Ryan. “One thing we know for a fact is this is going to be an outstanding defense.”
And coming off being the 19th ranked defense scoring defense and 22nd in passing yards allowed last season, one concern with the secondary is that teams will be looking to spread the ball out with max receiver formations against the Jets’ defense. In any fashion from short outs, curls and over the top.
Jets owner Woody Johnson for the first time in Cortland appeared at camp
The team plans on working out free agent Cornerbacks (like four-time Pro Bowler Asante Samuel?) as a contingent plan
Eric Decker (quad) took part in positional drills, but sat out team drills
Jets RB Chris Ivory is still unsure if he’ll play vs Bengals on Saturday
C Nick Mangold, who missed previous practices on paternity leave, was back at practice
Today was mascot day at Jets practice as the team hosted nine college mascots