Dom Cosentino caught up with Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist this week. Gilchrist was part of the Jets' spending spree to revamp the secondary.Gilchrist has been dealing with a shoulder ailment. Here is what he had to say.
Gilchrist was relatively short on specifics, saying it would be up to the team's training staff to determine when he'll be ready to go.
"It's just something that needed to get fixed," Gilchrist said. "Just working to get back to 100 percent. Come season time, I'll be ready."
Todd Bowles indicated earlier in the offseason Gilchrist will likely be playing free safety.
Bowles praised Marcus Gilchrist's versatility and cover skills. Said Gilchrist will play FS, Calvin Pryor will play SS.— dom cosentino (@domcosentino) March 24, 2015
This likely means Gilchrist will see plenty of time as the deep centerfielder. That is an important role for a couple of reasons. Primarily, it is because Gilchrist will be the last line of defense on many plays. Misplays in that role turn into catastrophes. It also frees Pryor up to use his range attacking the ball rather than needing to worry about deep responsibilities. Pryor was used in centerfield a lot last year. He struggled in the role, and it inherently limited his chances to be an impact player.