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Ranking New York Jets Youngsters Poised To Breakout In 2016

5. Marcus Williams, CB

  • 25 Years Old, 5-11, 196 lbs., Undrafted FA in 2014 (HOU)
  • 2014: 8 G, 8 GS, 1 INT, 7 PD
  • 2015: 13 G, 3 GS, 6 INT, 10 PD
  • Projected 2016: 15 G, 14 GS, 7 INT, 19 PD

This guy is just a magnet for the football.

Perhaps the lone bright spot in a horrid 2014 season was cornerback Marcus Williams. The second half of the season saw him collect an interception and seven successful passes defended while starting eight games for the depleted Jets.

Thanks to Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine all coming to town simultaneously, Williams found himself as the dime back. With Cro gone, Marcus is now back in the top three.

Why he finds himself No. 5 on this list to breakout comes purely down to position fit. Skrine fits much more as a nickel back. His height, body type, agility, and comfort in defending the slot will force Bowles to go with Williams as the starter opposite Revis.

Look for Williams to impress in 2016. What he lacks in raw ability he makes up in football IQ and a keen nose for the ball.


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