It's the OTA part of the season, which means no pads, no hitting, and for cornerbacks, no press coverage. Even with all that, you want to see your team's corner situation coming together.
Yet for the Jets the transition continues from Revis and Cromartie to two names that have yet to come together to the fore.
Dee Milliner obviously figures to be one of those CBs, but for today's practice, Milliner sat out with hamstring tightness. Darrin Walls is a competitor at the position, but he was out of the voluntary practice due to personal reasons. Third-round rookie Dexter McDougle factors into the equation, yet Dex continues to wear the red jersey as we continue to be careful with the full rehab of his shoulder.
Into the fray enters Dimitri Patterson.
Patterson of course has been around for a little while as we signed him April 1, a dozen days after Antonio Cromartie headed west to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. Dimitri acknowledged today that his name recognition may not be the same as AC's, but he wasn't conceding anything else.
"I've been asked to do what Cromartie was asked to do," Patterson said. "I don't have the high profile, I don't have the biggest name. But I've covered the same receivers and I've held up extremely well against the same receivers. So the Jets knew that about me."
He liked the way John Idzik, Rex Ryan and DC Dennis Thurman did their homework on his career, which has alternated between starting quality play for the Eagles, Browns and Dolphins and extended time on the bench due to injuries. He's thoughtful enough to know that some teams might focus on the off-field stuff but others, such as the Jets, focused on the on-field performance.
"It's not about making me feel like I'm the king, no, it's just about acknowledging what you see on the tape," Patterson said. "I'll go to work, we'll grind, we'll get W's — it'll be a respectful situation. That's what Rex and Mr. Idzik presented to me and that's what made this place appealing to me.
"Like I said, I don't have a high-profile name, but when I put my film against anybody's, I'm going to stick out in the situation."
There were two stretches in his surprisingly long NFL career, now in its 10th season, that Patterson was healthy and put up some impressive INT and PD numbers, with the Eagles in 2010 and with the Dolphins last season. Here's how those streaks broke down:
But is that health a concern? Again Patterson acknowledges his history but disputes those who might draw certain conclusions from it.
"Throughout my career, I have not been injury-prone," he said. "The last two years, yeah, I have had some unfortunate injuries, but that's just the reality of this beast — you're going to get hurt. But at the end of the day, they have researched what I've had, they've seen that these injuries are nothing that are skill-diminishing, because that's the most important thing. ... That's why I'm here right now."
Ryan said in the absence of press technique, "which makes your job a heck of a lot easier in man coverage," he's been impressed with Patterson.
"I think he's done well," Ryan said at his news conference after today's practice at the Atantic Health Jets Training Center. "He's been on top of his assignments. He's been pretty impressive."
Along with Patterson and the above-mentioned corners, the rest of the group includes returnees Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster and Ras-I Dowling, sixth-round rookie Brandon Dixon, fourth-year man Johnny Patrick and first-year men Jeremy Reeves and Lowell Rose. Barring a deal to bring a big name into the fold, these are the competitors who will fight it out for our corner posts this summer.
Patterson, who's been around the block and then some, leans back on his experience to assess the corner spot at this moment on the offseason calendar.
"Do I think we have the guys to go out there and be extremely competitive? No doubt about it," he said. "But we don't truly know that until we get under the lights. We don't know, so we'll see."
This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
What Did We Learn From the First Week of Jets Training Camp?
QB Zach Wilson Going Through Ebbs and Flows; DE Carl Lawson, WR Elijah Moore Continue to Impress
Jets Practice Report | The Roar Returns to 1 Jets Drive
Rookie QB Zach Wilson Impresses; WR Elijah Moore Continues to Climb; Overlooked DE Has a Day
Jets Training Camp Highlights (7/31) | Zach Wilson Deep TD to Elijah Moore, Jason Pinnock INT & More
See Top Plays from Saturday's Open Practice at 1 Jets Drive
Jets S Marcus Maye: 'I'm Here to Play Football'
Franchise-Tagged Team MVP Says He'd Still 'Love to Be Here' Long-Term with the Green & White
Who Are the Jets' Top Players in Madden 22?
Quinnen Williams, Marcus Maye Lead the Green & White Followed by C.J. Mosley and Corey Davis
Jets Sign K Matt Ammendola, Release K Sam Ficken
Oklahoma State Product Made 76.9% of His Field Goal Attempts in College
Jets Practice Report | DE Carl Lawson and S Marcus Maye Lead Defense
Head Coach Robert Saleh Expected a Speed Difference on Day 3; QB Zach Wilson Grieves the Loss of Greg Knapp
Jets QB Zach Wilson Excited to Be Back to Doing 'What I Love'
Robert Saleh Said Starting QB Job Is Wilson's to Lose
Jets Training Camp Highlights (7/30) | Zach Wilson Goes Deep to Elijah Moore, Corey Davis Snags a TD, Tevin Coleman Breaks Free & More
See Top Plays from Friday's Team Periods During Training Camp
Jets Notebook | Corey Davis: 'We Have the Right Pieces'
Carl Lawson Is Keeping Close Watch on the Olympics; HC Robert Saleh and Davis Gush Over Elijah Moore
Jets Practice Report | QB Zach Wilson's Time is Now
CB Brandin Echols Records an INT, DE Carl Lawson Disrupts and OL Alijah-Vera Tucker Earns Kudos