The New York Jets have claimed Johnny Patrick off waivers, and re-signed Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster (two years, $1.63 million). This shores up their cornerback depth and adds some competition to the mix.
Last season, Walls was a borderline starter that received a decent amount of playing time. Lankster is a key special teamer and remains valuable depth.
Patrick is the most interesting, as he came from the San Diego Chargers. Previously, he was a third round pick for the New Orleans Saints. Last season, he played in 13 games, mostly in the nickel, and started 4 games. He had 38 tackles, an interception, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and 2 passes defended. Interestingly, Patrick was a favorite of the Jets before the 2011 NFL Draft, where they loved his athleticism and "GPS" like ability to track the ball. Here are some thoughts from our sister site, Bolts From The Blue:
@GangGreenNation Solid CB. Inside or outside. Trouble staying healthy. Had a few concussions last season.— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) March 6, 2014
@GangGreenNation I fell in love with his work on special teams in preseason, but he didn't see much action there during the season.— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) March 6, 2014