If you’ve watched any of the Jets preseason games this August, you’ll have noticed that Daniel Jones and Taysom Hill had good games against the teams depleted backup secondary. The problem is that those guys are all competing for starting jobs at corner considering the lack of depth at the position.
Credit to Joe Douglas in his short time as the Jets general manager: if he sees a deficiency in the team he makes a move to improve it. We saw it first with C Ryan Kalil and now he has traded for CB Nate Hairston, giving up a 2020 6th round pick to the Colts.
Hairston plays better in man coverage than zone. The Temple alum had five pass deflections, two tackles for loss and an interception in his rookie year with the Colts. When the Colts switched to more zone coverage last season, his playing time diminished (only 13 games with seven starts) and so did his stats.
Is Hairston going to solve the Jets cornerback dilemma? No and it would be naive to think such. But he does add depth to a position that desperately needs it. Gregg Williams relies on his corners to be able to hold up in man coverage while he attacks quarterbacks. Hairston brings an ability to cover inside and outside in man and will relieve some of the pressure on Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams on the backend of the secondary.