3. Safety

From god awful to one of the best in the league is how the Jets secondary will shake out from 2014 to 2015. There’s no way around that notion based on their talent-pool from a season ago to now.

Last season a guy like Antonio Allen was forced to play cornerback. The poor kid had no chance. He’s a safety with not enough elite quickness to keep up man-to-man along the outside. Now, he shifts back to safety and will battle newcomer Marcus Gilchrist for the starting free safety spot.

Second year first-round draft selection Calvin Prior will start at the strong spot. It’ll be a welcomed sight for Jets fans after witnessing him struggle in 2014 trying to play center field.

Based on this current personnel, Todd Bowles will be able to play a ton of three-deep with Prior robbing the middle and joining the box. He won’t be out of position in 2015, thus there will be no excuses.


Look for Gilchrist to start the season as the starting free safety with Allen playing the third safety in a elaborate sub packages. His versatile ability to do whatever is needed on the field will become very crucial on passing downs with six or seven defensive backs on the field.

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