Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jets bolster depth at cornerback with three signings


The New York Jets traded away their best cornerback last year in Darrelle Revis before taking Dee Milliner in the first round of the draft.

This month, they're likely to let go of their now-No. 1 cornerback in Antonio Cromartie and could be looking for another bonafide starter to work opposite a hopefully-improved Milliner, assuming Cromartie doesn't re-up with the team.

But first, New York needed to bolster the middle and back part of its depth chart at the position, and the team did just that Wednesday.

The Jets announced they claimed former San Diego Chargers corner Johnny Patrick just before re-signing cornerbacks Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls.

Patrick is a former third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints who appeared in 13 games last season with the Chargers, starting four. He tallied an interception, 1.5 sacks, 34 tackles, four quarterback hits and a forced fumble in 2013.

The fourth-year defensive back be jockeying alongside Walls and Lankster for a secondary role in Gang Green's backfield. Lankster is a productive special-teamer, and Walls was serviceable filling in for the sometimes-maligned Milliner last year.

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