After trading a sixth rounder for former 2nd rounder Quincy Wilson, signing Pierre Desir, re-signing Brian Poole, and drafting UVA standout Bryce Hall you’d think the work in the cornerback room for the Jets was done. Joe Douglas laughs at your assumptions, as its been reported that the New York Jets are signing former Titans Cornerback Logan Ryan.
With the addition of Logan Ryan, the Jets starting secondary for the 2020 season appears to be set. Ryan will slot in opposite the aforementioned Desir, with Poole in the slot, to give the Jets a solid three cornerback group. The addition of Ryan also allows the Jets to develop Wilson, Hall, Blessaun Austin, and Nate Hairston behind Ryan and Desir. Hall, who I believe is the best out of the young group behind the presumptive starters, should be ready to take over for Ryan or Desir next year (since both are signed for only a year).
Ryan had 5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 83 solo tackles last year. That is the good. He consistently made plays for a young Titans secondary that was instrumental in the team’s surprise playoff push. He played 81.9% of the snaps (57.4% of them in the slot), and had 8 passes defended (24th most in the league).
The bad is that he was targeted 114 times (most in the league) and gave up 80 receptions (most in the league). He gave up 12.3 yards per reception, 1.24 average yards of separation, and allowed a QBR of 106.9. He, also, gave up 5 TDs. He was much better in coverage in 2018, only allowing 36 receptions on 52 targets and a QBR of 87.3 while allowing 3 touchdowns. Whereas he was better in coverage in 2018, he was much more of a playmaker in 2019, and with the Jets using numerous zone blitzes under Gregg Williams the former Titans corner fits in seamlessly especially with the depth behind him.
Base 3-2-6 looks with a second-year Quinnen Williams, veteran Steve McLendon, and Henry Anderson as the down linemen and a healthy CJ Mosley and Avery Williamson as the two LBers won’t lose you much in the run game. Where it gets interesting is on the back end when you realize Williams could trot out Ryan, Poole, Desir, Adams, Maye, and Davis as his six DBs and bring Ryan and Adams as the extra blitzers and not miss a beat. Gregg’s defense did a great job last year given no edge presence at all, so I’d still aim for Jadaveon Clowney to complete a remarkable job by Joe Douglas to arm his future interim Head Coach with the pieces he needs to really run his scheme.
Good signing by Joe Douglas here.