Home | Articles | Film Room | Why Michael Carter II could be the New York Jets’ perfect slot CB (Film)

Why Michael Carter II could be the New York Jets’ perfect slot CB (Film)

Blewett's Blitz, Michael Carter II
Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

Blewett’s Blitz digs into Michael Carter II’s film and comes to the conclusion that he might be the New York Jets’ perfect slot cornerback.

With the 154th overall selection (fifth round) in the 2021 NFL draft, the New York Jets decided to select Duke cornerback/safety Michael Carter II.

The Jets rightly targeted offense early in the draft in order to surround Zach Wilson with plenty of talent. With that being said, if you singularly look at just the position groups prior to the draft, cornerback (minus quarterback) was the organization’s most dire need.

While Carter II offers plenty of versatility to the defensive backfield—as he lined up at both slot cornerback and free safety for Duke—he figures to compete with second year UDFA Javelin Guidry for the starting slot CB spot. 

Guidry may have the leg-up after performing well last season. Courtesy of a Brian Poole injury, his snaps increased in Weeks 13-15 last year, something the kid took advantage of.

It’s a small leg-up, however, considering it was only a limited sample size. Also, with a completely new coaching staff coming in, the Guidry vs. Carter II battle could be viewed as even heading in.

The Jets staff is reported to be pretty high on Carter II, and they should be. After reviewing the film, Carter II’s talent could easily be described as more advanced than a fifth-rounder. Carter II often flashed his athleticism (4.32-second 40-yard dash), technique and an aggressive mindset.

Let’s take a look at some plays showcasing Carter II’s major strengths and weaknesses. Below you will also find a full list of strengths and weaknesses. Plus, as always, the full film breakdown of Blewett’s Blitz is included near the bottom of this page (Jets X-Factor subscribers only).



On this play, athleticism is also paired with smarts, which is another of my listed strengths for Carter II.

Here, he is lined up in the slot (top slot) in off-man coverage. The wide receiver breaks inside on the drag as a part of the rub concept. Carter II has to be aware of how to play this is, as it’s a “man beater.”

Ideally, Carter II can “jet stream” the route, which is to play it directly in trail to avoid any traffic. Unfortunately, he isn’t afforded that opportunity as he is off of the route.

Instead, Carter II gets his eyes on the traffic which has the tight end pushing vertical to rub/pick him. Carter II flattens his angle to avoid, then slips underneath of corner route from the No. 1 from the boundary where his man is working to. Carter then quickly closes ground to the route.

This is a good play to show off Carter II’s smarts, acceleration, speed, looseness in his hips, and change of direction.

Ball skills over the middle

Jets X-Factor Membership
Sorry, the content stops here if you’re not a Jet X Member, not currently logged-in, or viewing from an outside source such as Google AMP or an RSS Feed where logged-in status is not possible.

Get Started with the button below to access this Jets X-Factor article and the best damn New York Jets content in the world for free (after becoming a member, search for this article near the bottom of the Membership Confirmation page):
Jets X-Factor, Get Started
Log In with the button below if you’re already a member:
Jets X-Factor, Log In
Connect with the button below if you’d like to create a free account first:
Jets X-Factor, Connect

Want More Jet X?

Subscribe to become a Jet X Member to unlock every piece of Jets X-Factor content (film breakdowns, analytics, Sabo with the Jets, etc.), get audio versions of each article, receive the ability to comment within our community, and experience an ad-free platform experience.

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

Sign up for Jet X Daily, our daily newsletter that's delivered to your inbox every morning at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed and/or find us on Apple News to stay updated with the New York Jets.

Follow us on X (Formerly 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.

Related Articles

About the Author

More From Author


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments