Welcome back to yet another installment of "Around the AFC East". Each week, the four AFC East bloggers from SB Nation get together and interrogate each other about their respective teams (I use the word "interrogate" on purpose - generally, interrogations aren't friendly, and neither are the rivalries between these teams). Rounding up this week's activity: Jetfighter from NY Landing Strip.
BR: What does the Jets' situation at cornerback look like after the addition of Darrelle Revis? Will he start right away, or will he have to duke it out with Justin Miller for a spot? Has the position been upgraded or downgraded in your eyes?
NY Landing Strip: After the addition of Darrelle Revis, the Jets have Andre Dyson (opposite side corner), Justin Miller, David Barrett, 2nd year man Drew Coleman, and journeyman Hank Poteat. Unless Revis has a stellar training camp, he will not be starting right away, and coming in on different packages as a dime back as well as corner.
You may be surprised to hear this, but I feel that the competition that will take place will be between David Barrett, Drew Coleman and Hank Poteat. Justin Miller got arrested in the offseason for attempting to punch a man, but instead nailing a woman in her face, so he could be in the doghouse. He was still a Pro Bowler in special teams, so don't count him out on that, but he got abused playing corner. So much so that Mangini was forced to play a rotation of Coleman and Poteat last season because Barrett was injured.
I really can't give an upgrade or downgrade, because even though one day Revis will lock down Evans and Parrish, for now he is a rookie with no NFL experience, so they have the same depth at corner as they did last season."
I am no Jets expert, but I'm allowed to have opinions on my foes - I'm not intimidated by anybody in the Jets' secondary other than Kerry Rhodes. I liked Revis heading up to the draft, but I don't think he's ready to excel at this level - and I don't think he'll ever be a top-flight corner in this league. Dyson is a solid veteran, but the trio of Barrett, Coleman and Poteat leave a lot to be desired. Miller reminds me a lot of our own Terrence McGee - good kick returner, picked on by the opposition. I think the Jets are pretty solid in their front seven, but their secondary will be their biggest liability this coming season. I expect our receivers to have big days in the two Jets matchups.
And let's face it - Lee Evans will be uncoverable by anyone in the league long before the Jets let Darrelle Revis attempt to cover him.