Yesterday we reported that two New York Jets cornerbacks suffered major injuries at training camp. With so little depth at the position to begin with many Jets fans sounded the alarm bells and grew angry with general manager John Idzik Jr. for not adding more defensive backs this offseason. The major point of contention seems to be the team’s releasing Antonio Cromartie and not bringing in anyone to replace him.
Head coach Rex Ryan told reporters yesterday that losing Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle was no cause to panic:
— FootBasket.com (@FootBasket) August 12, 2014
“It’s not a panic situation… This is going to work, we just don’t necessarily know how yet,” Ryan said. “One thing we know for a fact: This defense will be an outstanding defense. My defenses work, period. I don’t care what anybody thinks. We take what we have and we work around it.”
What could be more reassuring than that? Sure, we may just have to play one cornerback at a time, but we’ll figure it out. Thanks, Rex.
The Jets did not stand idle, however. Yesterday the defense experimented with the idea of having safety Antonio Allen move over to corner, and this morning the team announced that they added DeQuan Lewis:
We've released LB Tim Fugger and signed DB LeQuan Lewis.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 12, 2014
Sure. That will solve all your problems.