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The Jets have come a long way from having Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie opposite each other in the secondary—just not in the direction one would hope.
New York's secondary is a mess. There's no other way to describe it. The futility of this unit could actually end up costing Gang Green a playoff berth.
Safety isn't that big of a concern. Rookie Calvin Pryor was mighty impressive in the preseason and he has all the talent in the world. Veteran Dawan Landry is capable of manning the other starting spot, even if he can occasionally allow a big play or two.
Cornerback, though, is a disaster. It hurts my eyes to even look at the positional depth chart.
Dee Milliner was expected to lead the unit, but the second-year man suffered a high-ankle sprain a few weeks ago and Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger reports he is still a major question mark for Week 1.
The other projected starter, Dimitri Patterson, was cut following an absurd situation in which he went AWOL for 48 hours and then publicly accused the front office of lying upon his return.
That leaves career backup Darrin Walls and converted safety Antonio Allen as the likely season-opening starters.
While Walls appears more than capable of stepping in and performing well, Allen has spent just a few weeks adjusting to the new position.
First-round bust Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster sit behind them in the depth chart, but neither is capable of manning the outside.
Slater indicates New York's so desperate for a dependable cover man that it signed Browns castoff Leon McFadden off waivers this past weekend.
However, it's difficult seeing McFadden playing a major role in the secondary, as he has struggled thus far in his NFL career.
The Jets play host to several elite passing attacks this season, and it would be a miracle if the secondary could contain even some of them.