Overshadowed by Revis and Cromartie, Gilchrist an underreated signing

The New York Jets had one of the most active offseasons in the NFL, signing Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and Buster Skrine to bolster their secondary. Another player brought in by the Jets was safety Marcus Gilchrist, but he hasn't received the attention the other three corners have gotten.

That doesn't mean he won't make an impact this season, though. That's far from the truth. He'll step in at free safety and play a role the Jets were sorely missing last season. Calvin Pryor struggled at free safety a year ago and has since been moved back to his original spot of strong safety, which will pay huge dividends for the secondary. Gilchrist is more than a just a playmaker, too. He's a vocal leader of the defense on the back end.

"He's a smart player, he's a heady player, he takes care of his body, he communicates well," head coach Todd Bowles said via ESPN.

Revis and Cromartie will get most of the attention this season, but if Gilchrist stays healthy and plays consistently the way he has the past two seasons, he'll get the recognition he deserves. And with Revis and Cromartie in the secondary alongside him, quarterbacks will have a tough time throwing against this defense.

"It speaks for itself, what they've done, the things that they've accomplished," Gilchrist said. "I'm still trying to take notes and take heed of the things that they do or the things that they say. Because they've been doing it longer than I have, and I don't try and get a big head and feel I know a whole bunch. [I'm] always trying to learn, and those are two really good guys who have played a long time."

(h/t ESPN)