The New York Jets entered the offseason with a lack of quality depth at corner. It appears their search continues with the start of the 2019 NFL season just over a week away.
This thin group has also been dealing with injuries to key players throughout training camp and the preseason. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, general manager Joe Douglas is optimistic about the state of their cornerbacks:
“We feel good with where we are with our top guys,” general manager Joe Douglas said before the third preseason game against the Saints on Saturday night. “I feel like there’s been great competition from the back end of our corner group. A guy like Tevaughn Campbell has really busted his butt. He’s made some plays. He’s done some good things in camp. Alex [Brown] came in and had a great week last week. He made some nice plays.”
Despite his confidence, Douglas indicated that the team is still looking to add some more depth to this group.
“We’re constantly evaluating those guys,” Douglas said. “We’re also evaluating guys across the league. I feel good about the way the young guys have played so far though the first couple games. But we’re going to be looking to upgrade not only corner but really every position on our team.”
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson had been in the midst of a strong offseason before being hobbled by a hamstring injury. The Jets are hoping that he can serve as a stabilizing factor this time around after a disappointing debut season. Unfortunately, he appears to be the only proven name that they can rely on.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will certainly have his work cut out trying to compensate for their weakness at corner. While he is revered as one of the brightest defensive minds in the league, there is only so much he can do before opposing offenses find a way to exploit the holes in his scheme.
Finding a viable option this close to the start of the 2019 NFL season may seem a bit far-fetched for the Jets.
Regardless, they will need to find a potential solution if they hope to avoid being picked apart through the air this season.