Florham Park, N.J. - When you think of the New York Jets cornerbacks, many names come to mind. Darrelle Revis is the star of the group. Marcus Williams emerged on the scene last year and was in the top five in the NFL in interceptions. Buster Skrine was brought in last year to bolster the corners while Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner have been plagued with injuries. Drafted in the fourth round in this past NFL Draft, Juston Burris hopes to be the future of the New York cornerbacks.
"I got that first play in and I felt like I belonged," said Burris on his play on Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had one tackle and two passes defended. "That was the biggest thing for me, just feeling like I could play in this league."
Burris is one of the biggest corners on the team, coming in at 6-foot and weighing 212 pounds. With wide receivers getting bigger and bigger in the NFL, every inch and pound counts. "I could elongate my body and be able to make plays whether it's up in the air or any type of direction, I can get my hands on the ball." It also helps going up against 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3 Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
It also helps that Burris comes from North Carolina State where he played in the ACC. He had the chance to go up against guys that have excelled and in the NFL such as Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, and Kelvin Benjamin. “Knowing that I actually guarded those guys and had some success against some big names, it gives me confidence that I can play in this league and I could keep doing it against bigger names that are here.” Having went up against some big names already gives Burris a head start.
The only issue is having the corners in front of him. Revis has cemented his starting role. The second outside spot is being fought between Williams and Skrine, with McDougle and Milliner breathing down their necks. “You got a bunch of young guys that are hungry and that want to play this game,” Burris said. “It just adds competition to the room, it’s great.”
Burris is constantly trying to improve his game, as his biggest thing to improve on entering the NFL is his consistency. “Coming at this level, you’re going to have your ups and downs, but I want to have more ups than downs.” Entering week two of the preseason, Burris hopes to have a bigger day than he had last Thursday.
“If I have a bad play I don’t want to have a bad day.”