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Projected Starters: Dee Milliner, Dimitri Patterson, Kyle Wilson (slot)
The Jets avoided disaster after adding Dimitri Patterson at the tail end of free agency, but the cornerback position needs as much help as any other unit on the team.
Patterson has played well when healthy, but he has missed a considerable amount of time in his career—he played just 15 games in the past three seasons. Plus, he is much better-suited to play the slot, but the Jets will be forced to play him on the outside.
Meanwhile, Dee Milliner showed promise in his final month as a rookie with three interceptions in as many games, but he was still benched on three separate occasions prior. He should continue to improve with time, but to not expect at least some hiccups along the way would be naive.
Even if the combination of Milliner and Patterson gives the Jets a respectable tandem to work with, Rex Ryan's system demands more than a "respectable" level of play. Ryan leans on his cornerbacks to hold up on their own for longer than most coaches would expect. Neither Milliner nor Patterson has proved that they can play up to Ryan's standards with consistency.
To complicate matters, Kyle Wilson is set to hit free agency in 2015, opening up another hole that the Jets must anticipate. Look for the Jets to spend at least one pick, if not two—including their first-round pick—to rebuild the cornerback position from the ground up.