Ben DiNapoli previews the 2018 New York Jets secondary…
For Jets fans, it feels like a lifetime ago when Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie were consistently locking down receivers on a weekly basis. Yes, things have definitely changed since the two aforementioned players left New York; the secondary has not yet been able to fully bounce back. After showing promise in their rookie years, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are hungry and looking to build on solid first seasons this coming year. Add in a splash free agent signing at cornerback and some lofty player predictions and fans finally have some hope for the secondary heading into 2018. The big question that remains is will this unit rise to the occasion? Or will they fail to live up to the hype and fall flat yet again?
Ben DiNapoli with a closer look at New York Jets CB Derrick Jones
Coming out of Ole Miss last year, Derrick Jones was a bit of an unknown – a player with intrigue, but also low expectations and uncertainty. As a player who split time at both receiver and cornerback, scouts weren’t quite sure how he’d fit in at the NFL level, if at all. Many projected him to be an undrafted free agent, but he wound up landing with the New York Jets in the sixth round – one of two corners selected by the Jets in round 6. After a largely uneventful rookie season, Jones entered 2018 with questions around whether he would stick around or be yet another Maccagnan draft pick cut before seeing any substantial time on the field. How has the second year pro responded? Has he folded or played his way up the depth chart?