Pro Football Focus ranked the secondaries in the NFL. Where do the Jets stand? They are near the bottom at 28.
28. New York Jets
Last year, CB Morris Claiborne finally played to the potential that saw him taken sixth overall by Dallas in 2012, as he posted an overall grade of 84.0 in his final season with the Cowboys. He enters 2017 as the clear top cornerback for the Jets, as Marcus Williams and Buster Skrine will again be fighting for reps at both the No. 2 spot and slot cornerback. New York could have two rookies starting at safety this year. First round pick Jamal Adams from LSU was our top-graded safety in this year’s draft class, as he gave up a passer rating of just 54.7 on throws into his coverage, and Marcus Maye yielded just six grabs on 19 throws into his coverage at Florida in 2017.
You might look at their comment and wonder whether the low ranking is fair. I think it is. There are numerous question marks with this secondary. Half of an elite season in five years isn’t enough to make Claiborne a sure thing as a number one cornerback. Adams and Maye are rookies. There could be some growing pains.
With that said there are scenarios where this secondary could be quite good if things break correctly. There is genuine blue chip talent in these three. When I look at other spots on the team like quarterback and wide receiver, I struggle to conceive of a scenario where things work out, and the Jets can get above average play. That isn’t so with the secondary.
There is plenty of reason to be skeptical but also room for optimism here.