All eyes on Allen and Walls in Secondary

Florham Park, NJ- Much of the concerns amongst Jet fans throughout training camp have revolved around the secondary. That concern was only exacerbated when last year’s first-round pick Dee Milliner suffered a high ankle sprain rendering him questionable for the season opener.

Combine that with that with rookie Dexter McDougle’s torn ACL and the Dimitri Patterson saga, which resulted in his release, it seemed as if the Jet secondary and therefore season was engulfed in a downward spiral.

However, that is not the case. For starters, last year’s secondary was not all that great either and the Jets finished 8-8. Antonio Cromartie struggled most of the season and Dee Milliner struggled to adjust to the NFL yet the Jets still finished at .500.

The Jets clearly aren’t in an ideal position regarding their secondary. In fact they are far from it. With Milliner in doubt for the opener, the Jets are turning to converted safety Antonio Allen as on of their starting cornerbacks.

Obviously he is full go right now and understand he’ll start on the corner for us this week.”

Allen, who has been officially cleared after suffering a concussion against the Giants, said he has made a smooth transition converting from safety to cornerback.

It’s been going pretty well,” said Allen. “Safeties know the defense and as a safety you’ve got to tell the corners what to do so I pretty much got the scheme down for what a corner is supposed to do every play and I’m doing pretty good.”

Head coach Rex Ryan is also confident that Allen will be a productive corner for the Jets this season.

“We feel good about Antonio Allen,” said Ryan “We think he can be a decent corner as well and we get to find out.”

The other starting cornerback position is not as clear. While Ryan wouldn’t rule Milliner out for Sunday’s opener, he was pessimistic regarding his status.

“I never want to rule a guy out…but I hope he practices soon,” said Ryan, “He’s been away for a little while. I’d like to see him practice, obviously but I’m not going to say for sure will not play until we get further along. But the fact he is not even limited is a little bit of a concern.”

If and when Milliner is ruled out for Sunday, the next corner in line to take that starting spot is Darrin Walls. Walls, has been a perennial backup but said he is ready to start if called upon. When asked what his mindset is, given that he will possibly start, Walls emphasized preparation.

“To prepare as well as I can” said Walls. “I think preparing in practice, in the film room and studying is just going to help me a lot.”

Walls also said that his mindset will remain the same even though the games count.

“It’s not much of a difference [from] preseason games, this [game] counts now. That’s the only difference. But I’m just going to go out there and try to remain consistent.”

Walls’ also believes that he is a much better corner than he was last year with the Jets.

“I think I’m a lot better than I was last year, I think I’ve improved tremendously” said Walls.

When asked what specifically he improved upon, Walls singled out his confidence.

“I think for me it’s a confidence thing, believing in what I see, believing in my coaching, and believing that what I think is going to happen is going to happen.”

One thing is for sure, Walls and Allen have earned the confidence of their teammates and coaching staff.

“I feel real confident. It’s guys who had a great training camp [and] did great things in preseason” said safety Dawan Landry, “I have full confidence in those guys as [do] the coaches.

News And Notes

When asked what he knew about the team’s knew cornerback acquisitions, Leon McFadden and Phillip Adams, Rex admitted that he did not know much.

“Not much right now, we’ve just had them for a couple of days… We’re just trying to get to know them, [their] strengths and weaknesses…what they can pick up mentally as for preparation and things like that.”

According to TMZ Sports, Rookie Wide Receiver Quincy Enunwa was arrested for allegedly a female companion in a New Jersey Hotel Room.

Rex Ryan said he was “aware of the situation” but wouldn’t comment on it because it is a “pending legal matter.”

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