Recovering from a torn ACL is a long process and it can be a frustrating one. Any senior with NFL aspirations wants to be on the field their final year, Clark lasted just three games into his before suffering a torn ACL in game 4. It prevented him from showcasing his skills to scouts, and it prevented him from running during the pre-draft process. As a result, he didn't expect to be drafted, but was thankful the Jets showed faith in him.
"We have our goal set for July. So as soon as July comes around, I should be a full-go"
Despite Jeremy not being able to participate in the drills this weekend at rookie minicamp. It's still a very important time for any young player. Not only is it a good opportunity to come in and get accustomed to the facility and your new surroundings, it also gives players the chance to get to know their new teammates and their new playbook.
Jeremy Clark is an interesting prospect. He played some safety in college, but transitioned to cornerback his before his junior year. All in all, Clark has started just 13 games as a true cornerback (10 in 2015 and 3 in 2016). He's tall and he's long, and he has experience playing press-man, a style of play that Bowles loves with his corners.
"My senior season, 90% of my snaps were press, that's where I feel most comfortable at"
There will be a lot of opportunity for cornerbacks to stake a claim for a starting spot on this Jets roster. You have to imagine that Morris Claiborne has one slot locked up. However the 2nd outside slot will be a hotly contested competition. Personally I see Buster Skrine being more effective inside. Which means you have the likes of Marcus Williams, Justin Burris, Dexter McDougle, Derrick Jones and Jeremy Clark vying for that 2nd starting spot.
The ACL injury really held Clark back his senior season in college, however if all goes to plan, it shouldn't hold him back his freshman year in the pro's.