After being quiet all season, Jets CB David Barrett finally made his presence felt against his former team last Sunday. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
- Entering last weeks game versus the Arizona Cardinals all the attention was on guard Pete Kendall.
Kendall, the ex-Cardinal, had been unexpectedly cut during preseason camp by head coach Dennis Green. Kendall was scooped up by the Jets in what can be considered their best off season acquisition.
Forgotten in all the hoopla of Kendall's return to face his former team was the return of another ex-Cardinal, CB David Barrett.
While Kendall and the Jets offense struggled at times Barrett had by far his best game in green and white. Against Arizona's taller more physical receivers, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, Barrett and the much maligned Jets secondary held their own. “I think our corners did a good job against their receivers,” said head coach Herman Edwards.
Barrett shined in his return to Tempe helping stuff the run and defending on numerous pass attempts. Barrett was responsible for two of the Jets four turnovers on Sunday, pushing their season total to plus 14.
“Donnie [Henderson] made a big emphasis to our players about taking the ball away,” said Edwards, about last week's practice.
Acquired in the off season, as part of an attempt to make the defense younger and faster, Barrett had been struggling in his first season as a Jet. He had been forced to share time with Terrel Buckley, who was picked up when Ray Mickens went down with a season ending knee injury.
Barrett's forced fumble on Boldin, in the fourth quarter, was the second biggest play of the game behind Quincy Carter's 69-yard bomb to Santana Moss. It allowed the Jets to run off three minutes off the clock and preserve their ten point lead.
Jonathan Vilma scooped up the loose ball to add his second turnover of the game. Vilma also had a big interception inside the 10-yard line of a badly under-thrown Shaun King pass intended for Fitzgerald.
Barrett was also involved in run defense making at least one tackle for a loss.
No. 36 put the icing on the cake with an interception in the endzone of a Josh McCown pass to snuff out any hopes of a Cardinal comeback.
The addition of Donnie Henderson has paid off for the Jets as he has orchestrated five second half shutouts this season, four of which have been on the road. The Jets have also bolstered their run defense under Henderson, moving up almost 20 spots from last season into the top 10 in the league.