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By Glenn Naughton

 

Just weeks after grabbing former Seahawks safety Ronald Martin, the Jets cut ties with the defensive back in order to make room for another Seattle safety, Dion Bailey.

Bailey, who started the team’s season opener became expendable when All-World starter Kam Chancellor ended his holdout in a contract dispute with ownership.

NFL.com’s breakdown of Bailey’s as follows:

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Good hands to intercept. Was an impact defender as a redshirt freshman despite playing out of place as an undersized linebacker.

WEAKNESSES

Durability is a concern. Has pedestrian speed — struggles to match with slot receivers. Lacks experience in deep coverage. Still developing positional instincts and feel for route combinations. Takes some inaccurate angles. Goes low and misses tackles. Has ‘tweener traits.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 5-6

BOTTOM LINE

Classic linebacker-safety ‘tweener whose best shot to carve a niche in the pros could come as a nickel linebacker, where he could utilize his ball skills and be used as a blitzer. Will have to make his mark on special teams.

Despite the round 5-6 projections, Bailey went undrafted before catching on with the Seahawks.  Bailey tallied 3 tackles in his lone start this season.

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.