Throughout the pre-season I'm always looking for positive aspects, who's playing well? which unit is delivering? and obviously, which unheralded player is making a name for themselves. Last year we saw Damon Harrison really come on after he was gifted extended reps thanks to the injury to Kenrick Ellis.
This year Rontez Miles has seen more of the field, thanks to the injury sustained by first round draft selection Calvin Pryor. At his first opportunity, Miles made a statement to the Jets coaching staff. He was picked out as one of the star performers during the scrimmage. He finished the night with a sack, a pass break-up and a QB pressure.
Miles will see plenty of the field this pre-season with the 2nd and 3rd unit as he tries to stake a claim to the 53 man roster. He spent last season as a member of the practise squad, learning the ropes of the NFL while helping the offense prepare for the upcoming opponent.
Rontez is known as a hammer, he will hit anything that walks and his physical nature is likely what attracted Rex Ryan and the Jets to him as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL draft. There are a lot of question marks surrounding the defensive backfield of the Jets. With Pryor struggling with an injury, Landry getting older and Allen still adjusting to the NFL, a strong pre-season performance could vault Miles up the depth chart.