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The Jets have been quite busy this offseason and have made some more moves since they were last previewed. The Jets have brought back Antonio Cromartie who spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals. Last season Cromartie had 48 tackles 43 of them solo, 3 interceptions and 10 passes defensed. Cromartie entering his 10th season in the league has only missed 1 game in his career and that was in 2010. Cromartie will be taking up his old post opposite Darrelle Revis in the Jets secondary. This move pushes Buster Skrine into the nickel slot and I think we can all agree that Skrine is an upgrade over Kyle Wilson. It also means that the Jets have more or less moved on from oft injured former first round pick Dee Milliner, who will be competing for the dime back slot with Dexter McDougle who missed his rookie season last year due to injury.
The next big upgrade in the secondary comes with the signing of former San Diego Chargers FS Marcus Gilchrist. Gilchrist entering his fifth season has played in 62 of the 64 games in his first four years. Gilchrist has 76 total tackles last year 59 of them solo, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception and 16 passes defensed. While he only has 5 career interceptions in four seasons, the addition of Gilchrist, should allow Calvin Pryor to play in the box more like a SS should. With Pryor playing to his strength he should have a far better and more productive season with Gilchrist playing centerfield as the FS position.
The Jets have also added some depth up front with the addition of Kevin Vickerson. Last year Vickerson entering his 10th season in the league played for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 15 games Vickerson had 12 tackles and 1 pass defensed. Vickerson has the stats of a career backup, expect him to be used in short yardage situations, of course if the Jets find something better in the draft don’t expect Vickerson to be with the team at all.
Expect the Jets pass defense to improve considerably from its league worst 32nd last season, and expect that this Jets defense which finished 6th overall do be a top 5 defense this season. The Jets need a lot more help on the other side of the ball, hopefully they do more than they have up until this point. With that said the Jets have had quite the impressive offseason.
Final Grade: A