clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Acknowledging the good in a truly awful season: The New York Jets cornerback trio

The Jets cornerbacks are a special group

Syndication: USA TODAY Danielle Parhizkaran / USA TODAY NETWORK

It’s really easy to default to everything stinks when a season goes as bad as it has for the 2023 New York Jets. It’s hardly ever that black and white though. Sure, the season stinks but not every player on the Jets has stunk and it’s important to recognize that too.

Perhaps the group that is most deserving of praise is the cornerback group, most specifically the starting trio of Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed, and Michael Carter II. There may never be a better moment to acknowledge how truly dominant they’ve been this season than after the performance they just put up against the Atlanta Falcons.

You want shutdown cornerback play? That is as shutdown as it gets. The three of them allowed ten yards... combined.

And this isn’t a one time thing either. The PFF grades for those three players for the season? Elite. The lowest of the three is Michael Carter at a 71.6... and that leaves him ranked 26th in the league. Gardner and Reed? Well they have grades of 83.5 and 83.4, respectively, which rank 5th and 6th among all corners. And for further reference of how good Carter has been despite ranking “the worst” at 26th (and while acknowledging that PFF thinks the other two are better), Carter is arguably the best slot cornerback in football.

So, while the Jets on the whole might stink, their cornerbacks most certainly do not. For me, this is the best Jets cornerback group that I’ve ever seen. The question for me is really if there’s ever been a better group at all. Personally, I think I could make a strong case that there hasn’t been.

Poll

Is this the best cornerback trio of all time?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    No, and you’re crazy for saying that. The best is clearly the group I’ll name in the comments
    (6 votes)
  • 46%
    No, but they’re up there
    (37 votes)
  • 46%
    Yes
    (37 votes)
80 votes total Vote Now