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Should the Jets Think of Moving Dwight Lowery to Safety?

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Dwight Lowery got off to a rough start in the preseason last night.

After holding the Rams to 29 yards in the first quarter, the defense looked shaky against a St. Louis offense devoid of any playmakers not named Steven Jackson. Second-year cornerback Dwight Lowery, who slumped badly after a solid start last season, was burned on a 50-yard completion to Laurent Robinson. Lowery, starting for Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis (hamstring), was flagged for pass interference as Robinson beat him down the right sideline and caught the pass anyway.

On paper, the Jets have good depth at corner. Darrelle Revis is a legitimate shutdown guy. Lito Sheppard is a former Pro Bowler on the good side of 30, and Donald Strickland is proven in the nickel spot. The biggest knock on Lowery is his speed. Coming out of college, many scouts said his best fit was in a cover 2 scheme where he could play a lot of zone.

That begs the question. Would the Jets be better off moving him to safety? Dwight has shown a good nose for the football. His lack of catchup speed would be less of an issue. On the other hand, he would be very small for the position at 5'11" and 198 pounds. It's possible he'll be a liability against the run.