I would just like to point out that Dwight Lowery has helped save the Jet's butts the past two games. This guy is truly a great player, on and off the field, and I think it's time his contributions are acknowledged.
There was that pick-6 off Favre last week against the Vikings, which won the game--don't even bother denying it. Favre would have gone all Joe Montana on our Gang Green and taken those Vikings 80 yards in a drive that culminated in the winning touchdown. Of course, Favre did end up throwing the winning touchdown....to the wrong team. Lowery also had a key fumble recovery today in the win against the Broncos. Although this wasn't a game changer, it sure did help the winning effort.
Lowery's other statistics include one sack on the year, 7 tackles (one assisted, six solo), and a voluntary loss of reps to Kyle Wilson. Yeah, you read that right: VOLUNTARY LOSS OF REPS. There were a few small articles on it, of which the link to one can be found at the bottom of the page. In case you don't want to read the article or your mouse suddenly has difficulties scrolling, I'll summarize. This summer, Lowery allowed Wilson to take reps in practice to allow the rookie to gain experience at cornerback, where presumably Wilson would have started--or at least be given a chance to--had Revis Island decided to stay secluded and not play the season. Of course, the article is written from the 'Revis' angle--you know, that "Revis won't be here, sorry beleaguered and constantly disappointed Jet fans, but here's a nice story about how the Jets are dealing with it" sort of story.
And then you have Lowery's previous seasons. One of his 3 interceptions of 2009 occurred in Week 16 and was the final nail in the coffin for the Manning-less Colts. For those Jets fans who had moved underneath a rock or cut themselves off from society last season, the Week 16 win led to the Jets playoff berth last year, which of course led to their surprise AFC Championship run last season. (I would just like to add that on the day of the Colts win, December 27th, I was flying home from Houston sitting next to a relative of Lowery's, who could not have been more polite and modest as I gawked at him).
Although his career stats aren't incredibly impressive--5 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, 26 passes defensed, one sack, one TD, and just under 100 tackles--I'd say he's got star potential. Even in that Jet's star-studded defense, I could definitely see Lowery standing out in the very near future. Yes, it might be premature and preposterous for me to say that. But honestly, who needs to play a hurt #24 when we can just put in #26?