Who Needs To Step Up On Jets Defense
Two a days…quick hitting defensive article
Mike DeVito – The Jets really seem to be confident that DeVito can handle being a full time starter. Don’t get me wrong he did a good job in a bigger role off the bench last year, but he still only had 28 tackles, 1 TFL, and 0 sacks. Defensive ends aren’t asked to be major playmakers in Rex Ryan’s defense but can DeVito produce the 64 tackles, 4 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks Marques Douglas did last season?
Ropati Pitoitua – With DeVito moving into Douglas old role, now Pitoitua will move into DeVito’s old role…unless Vernon Gholston becomes a revelation at defensive end (not likely). We have heard about this guy’s potential for a couple of years now, but let’s see if he can become a consistent player off the bench. The Jets need depth at this position and they are looking to a young guy like Pitoitua to step up.
Brodney Pool – The Jets organization apparently is very high on Pool and believes he will be a more than adequate replacement for Kerry Rhodes. There is no doubt Pool is a talented guy but he needs to prove he can stay healthy and be steady in pass coverage, which has been a knock on him previously. I like Eric Smith as a role player so hopefully he won’t be forced into a full time starting role.
Jason Taylor – The Jets brought him in to rush the quarterback but can he answer the call at his age to be a double digit sack guy? I am sure Rex Ryan will come up with some creative ways to get him after the quarterback, yet you still have to worry whether Taylor has anything left in the tank and whether or not his heart is really in New York. I want 10 sacks, Jason and then maybe you can move up to being my 750th favorite NFL player.
Antonio Cromartie – Please don’t be Lito Sheppard. If Cromartie can regain his 2007 form, you will have a better chance of seeing a Bills/Bucs Super Bowl than throwing on the Jets in 2010. If Cromartie struggles early in the season or shows he hasn’t learned how to tackle yet, Kyle Wilson will be instantly pushing for his starting job.