Poole 2 big hits on Jamison- Good or bad thing? Dan Leberfeld

Florham Park – Jets nickel back Brian Poole had two big hits on wide receiver Jamison Crowder in practice today following receptions.

Is this good or bad for the Jets?

Well, it’s a double-edged sword.

It’s great for the Jets that Poole is a big-time hitter and a super-tough player. After all, playing slot corner is like being a combination defensive back/linebacker.

But Crowder is expected to be a huge cog in the Jets’ offense. That is why they gave him a three-year, $28.5 million deal with $17 million guaranteed in March.

And it’s pretty clear early in camp that Sam Darnold loves throwing to him.

But while Crowder is very tough, he’s only 5-9, 177 pounds, so he’s a defensive backs dream to hit. Poole outweighs him by 28 pounds. Poole will be covering Crowder all summer.

The key is striking a balance in practice – getting in the work you need, but not being overzealous and possibly wounding teammates.

It’s a tough balance to strike in football, one of the most physical sports around.


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