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The jets are rolling the dice with their young corners, for now


The Jets didn’t add a veteran corner kick after the draft, a decision that raised some eyebrows, but Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas wanted to give the young cornerbacks all the reps during the OTAs and the mandatory minicamp.

Saleh felt that this would give them the best opportunity to develop. Now the head coach rides with his young cornerbacks as the Jets get ready for training camp.

“We have seen a good improvement. Joe and I were just talking about some of the rookies and the improvements they made, ”Saleh said. “It’s going to be a great time for these guys because we’re going to be able to see what they’re capable of. There have been good improvements and there is a lot to look forward to. “

The reasons there was talk about the arrival of a veteran Jets cornerback were due to the overall talent and inexperience of the squad.

Justin Hardee, who joined the team as a free agent in March, spent four years as a special team in New Orleans. But other than Hardee, none of Gang Green’s cornerbacks have been in the NFL for more than three years. And only Bless Austin has double-digit starts (16).

In the draft, they caught rookies Michael Carter II, Jason Pinnock (5th round) and Brandin Echols (6th round). Lamar Jackson, Javelin Guidry, Zane Lewis and Bryce Hall are back from last year’s squad, which struggled hard against the pass. Former giant Corey Ballentine completes the widely open competition.

But it seems Saleh doesn’t see anyone in the market worth removing representatives from his youngsters.

“I’ve said it before, I think, the difference between Player A and Player Z in the whole league – I’m not talking about the superstars, I’m not talking about the Aaron Donald’s of the world, they’re unique,” ​​he said. Saleh said. “But the difference between Player A and Player Z is minimal and the only thing preventing Player Z from becoming Player A is opportunity and reps.”

Saleh made it clear: he wants to focus on training the young cornerbacks.

“Let’s see what happens. Does it always happen? It doesn’t, but unless you are bold enough to practice and invest as much as possible in these young men and give them the opportunity. to be seen, give them the opportunity to get reps, and give them the opportunity to improve, “Saleh said.” You will never know what you might find. So that’s just the conviction and the philosophy of not just our coaching staff, but the whole organization and that’s something we’re committed to. ”


The Jets appear to be on the cusp of perfecting their straight tackle.

The Jets and former Washington football team attacking tackle Morgan Moses are closing in on a multi-year deal, ESPN said. The deal is yet to be concluded, but the Jets are considered the favorites.

Moses has been a free agent since May 20 after being released from Washington, where he spent seven years and made 97 starts.

Pro Football Focus ranked Moses as the 18th best tackle in the NFL last year. He also had a race blocking rating of 84.7, which was the seventh best in 2020.

The Jets have started to build well around rookie quarterback Zach Wilson with a receiving corps of Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole and talented rookie Elijah Moore.

But the most important unit for a young quarterback is the offensive line. A group consisting of Mehki Becton, Alijah Vera-Tucker and Moses will offer Wilson a lot of protection.