INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 04: Corey Ballentine #25 of the New York Giants looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Inglewood, California.
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Joe Douglas and the New York Jets claimed New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine a day after he was waived.

Joe Douglas continues to work the NFL’s waiver wire.

The New York Jets have claimed defensive back Corey Ballentine a day after his former team, the New York Giants, waived him.

Ballentine, 24, was selected by Dave Gettleman in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft. The Washburn product dressed in 13 games his rookie season, starting just two. He finished the 2019 season with two pass deflections, a quarterback hit and 26 total tackles.

Ballentine’s career started in an interesting way.

On April 28, 2019, just after he had been drafted by the Jints, Ballentine and a friend were shot in Topeka, KS near his alma mater. His friend, Dwane Simmons, was killed, while Ballentine came out of the situation much more fortunate.

The perpetrator was arrested in July 2019.

Ballentine eventually fell out of favor with the Giants which led to his eventual waived status. This season, while he dressed in all nine games, he started just two, coming away with 16 total tackles.

Jets X-Factor Membership

Ballentine can also contribute as a kick returner. He’s racked up 447 yards on 19 attempts over two seasons with the Jints. Perhaps Brant Boyer could use him in multiple spots on special teams in the coming weeks.

Either way, he’ll have an opportunity to play cornerback for a squad in desperate need of players at the position. Pierre Desir and Blessuan Austin have struggled all season, while rookie Bryce Hall is coming off his NFL debut.

Audio Version available to members only: Learn more here

Download Jet X Mobile on the App Store and Google Play.

Want More NY Jets News & Jets X-Factor Content?

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Google/Android (Google Play) device.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed to stay up to date with the New York Jets.

Follow us on Twitter @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Join the official Jets Discord community to connect with likeminded fans.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, developer and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor | Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (sold in 2020). SEO: XLM Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
3 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
JetOrange
JetOrange
1 year ago

Lots of opportunity at CB, replaces Quincy Wilson ? Has speed , comes from a small college, has a learning curve, contributor on ST may give him some time. Hope Desir will be sitting for the next seven games.

JetOrange
JetOrange
1 year ago
Reply to  Robby Sabo

Was Takkarist McKinley , a former first rounder, more of a risk ? Has CB eclipsed Edge as far as need ? Belief in Huff & Zuniga ?