Kyle Wilson saw the field every game last season (started fifteen of them) and ended the year with only four credible passes defended – three of which hit the ground, with just one interception to show for.
Darrelle Revis only started, and played in, two games last season and ended the year with three credible passes defended – with only two ending up incomplete.
The only legit reason I’ve yet to encounter regarding the Jets’ unwillingness to resign Revis to a long-term deal is the corner’s questionable health; however, I may have just disproved that as well.
In case you missed it, Revis’ immediate backup was literally better by just one pass-defended (not on average – literally just one more pass-defended in fourteen more games) all season long.
To make matters more interesting, the “we’re really going to see how good Rex Ryan and Antonio Cromartie are this season” franchise, parted ways with, All-Pro safety, LaRon Landry as well (16 games played, 15 started, 2 interceptions, 8 passes defended, 75 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 touchdown).
I hope Kyle Wilson is practicing.
On the bright side, the Jets got seventy-nine games out of the fourteenth overall draft selection in 2007, and traded the slightly-hurt-or-will-get-hurt-again (I feel as if every Jet fan needs to keep that in their head to remain sane; however, come week seven, all bets are off) selection for the thirteenth overall pick in 2013.
The Jets now hold the ninth and thirteenth selections in the first round of the 2013 draft – vital commodities after trading away your top talent.
With both first rounders, look for the Jets to replace either Revis or Landry, and fill the middle with a potential run-stopper – easier said than done.
In other news, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now hold the rights to the best corner in the game for the next six years with zero guaranteed money invested in him.