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Unless the Jets make some significant changes at the safety position this offseason, Eric Smith will most likely retain his spot as a starter in 2012.
Smith struggled for the majority of last season. His subpar pass coverage resulted in the Jets struggling in interior pass defense.
Opponents targeted Smith and the middle of the field all year long, and had a lot of success in doing so.
Smith also struggled with missed tackles, and it resulted in huge gains down the field for opposing offenses.
The Michigan State product needs to spend most of the offseason improving in pass coverage and tackling. If he can adjust accordingly, then the Jets secondary will be one of the premier units in the NFL in 2012.