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Jets 2017 Roster Breakdown: Rontez Miles Figures to Provide Safety Depth

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NFL: New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Our Jets roster countdown now takes a look at Rontez Miles.

Name: Rontez Miles

Number: 45

Year with Jets: 5th

Projected Role: Third safety and special teamer

His 2016: Miles was primarily a backup, although injuries and some shuffling led to him making four starts, particularly near the end of the year. His lowlight was a one snap game against the Bills Week 2 where he appeared to be the culprit of a long touchdown in that snap. The highlight was a 14 tackle Week 16 game against the Patriots where he seemed like one of the few Jets who bothered to make the trip to Foxborough.

2017 will be a success if: Miles plays well in that third safety role, contributes on special teams, and plays effectively when asked to step into the lineup. I’m not sure he has a good enough feel for coverage to be a full time starter, but man can he go get the ball carrier when he has a clear path. I think of him as the NFL version of a self-made man. He worked his way to the NFL as an undrafted player from a Division II school, worked on the practice squad for a few years, and has finally turned into a nice player. You think of him as a young guy because of how recently he has emerged, but Miles has been at Jets training camps since 2013 and will turn 29 during the season.

Odds of making the roster: Probable (75-99%)