When the Jets entered the offseason, it was clear that they would be parting ways with cornerback Antonio Cromartie and many predicted they would be adding players at the position once free agency got underway.
The Jets only signed one free agent corner, though, and that player, Dimitri Patterson, is battling calf and ankle injuries. They added another in the draft, but Dexter McDougle tore his ACL over the weekend and that leaves the Jets with few solid options while Dee Milliner heals from his ankle sprain.
If the Jets are worried, they aren’t showing it. Coach Rex Ryan said it wasn’t “a panic situation” and General Manager John Idzik said that he had no second thoughts about the moves at cornerback because they didn’t fit the team’s overall plans.
“We have no regrets whatsoever,” Idzik said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I don’t think immediate spending translates into winning. I think responsible spending translates into sustainable winning.”
The Jets showed one potential way to weather the storm on Monday when they moved Antonio Allen from safety to corner. Media members at the practice reported that Allen had a pair of interceptions and handled the move well, which may mean we’ll be seeing more of Allen at the position in the future.