The Jets used to employ Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at cornerback, an essential position in Rex Ryan’s defense.
Now, they’re going to start Darrin Walls and converted safety Antonio Allen.
Jets General Manager John Idzik was asked Monday if he wished he had signed a legitimate corner.
“Well I would call Dimitri Patterson a legitimate cornerback, that’s why we signed him,” Idzik replied, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
Of course, since then, Patterson went AWOL, claimed the Jets lied about it, and was released, leaving them in the same spot as if they hadn’t pursued such a legitimate corner.
“We don’t look back,” Idzik said Monday. “There’s no regrets. . . .
“The team comes first in everything we do. In the end, we felt like we did what is best for the New York Jets in releasing him.”
Of course, it doesn’t help that they also are missing Dee Milliner to a high ankle sprain and rookie Dexter McDougle tore his ACL. That leaves Walls, Allen, Kyle Wlison and recent picks from the discard pile Leon McFadden and Phillip Adams to go into the season.
The only good news is they get to face Raiders rookie Derek Carr in the opener. But they better get Milliner well soon, since the next six weeks bring Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the following six weeks.