As the jets get closer to training camp, I examine the list and give you my 25 best players. Every weekday, we reveal another person on the list who leads right into the camp. I do not include rookies on this list because I do not feel it is possible to fully evaluate them before playing a game.
Nr. 14: Lamarcus Joyner
Last year’s location: Unranked (not on hold)
Age on opening day: 30
How acquired: Signed a $ 3 million one-year contract with an agent on March 22nd
Years left on contract: 1
2021 Wage ceiling figures: $ 2.9 million
Looking back on 2020
Joyner played corner kick for the Raiders primarily in 2020 and fought. He had only five passes defended and allowed a rating of 92.5 passers-by. PFF.
Joyner started six games and played in 14 for the Raiders. He missed two on the COVID-19 list. While Joyner struggled in coverage, he had 66 tackles for Vegas. He had 12 in a game against the Chargers.
Joyner had no interceptions for two years with the Raiders. You have to go back to his final year with the Rams in 2018 for a bout. His best season was 2017, when he had three interceptions.
In 2020, PFF Joyner ranked 89th out of 121 cornerbacks. He played 572 snaps in the castle corner and only 48 in safety, the position he played with the Rams.
Expectations for 2021
The Jets move Joyner back to free safety, where he played with the Rams, hoping it will revive his career after two disappointing seasons with the Raiders.
The Jets coaches were lavish in their praise of Joyner, and you can tell they imagine a great role and great things from him. The safety position will be critical for the Jets as they have so little experience with cornerbacks. Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich recently talked about how they plan to use Joyner in man-to-man coverage and leverage his skills there as well as play deep safety.
Joyner and Marcus Maye could form a good tandem as both can play deep or in the field. They had to give Ulbrich and Robert Saleh some flexibility in their defensive looks due to their versatility.