Jets Cornerback Morris Claiborne, part of an outdated second, knows the challenges this week with the Viking-wide receiver Adam Thielen waiting.
But Claiborne also knows what the Jets' pass defense has done so far this year – 10 interceptions (for the second-best finish in the NFL) and the sixth-lowest quarterback in the league.
Although Thielen (league leader) and quarterback Kirk Cousins arrive at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Claiborne does not consider the game a real challenge.
"I do not feel it's a proof, because I feel we know who we are," he told NJ Advance Media on Thursday. "We have the right to be self-confident in what we are doing now, winning in this league is not easy, we will not apologize for the victory."
"I feel like this week, proves it to everyone Mostly it is for ourselves that we can do what we know. And that's how easy it is. "
Claiborne is one of only two healthy starters in the secondary class of jets, along with the strong safety of Jamal Adams, so Claiborne could spend some time defending Thielen, who is the NFL's First in catches (58) and courts (71
"I just have to stay true to my technique," Claiborne said "I feel the same no matter who I'm dealing with, no matter what kind of recipient it is, if I do what I'm supposed to do I'll win the matchup."
But while The Jets (3-3) have won two games in a row and defended the pass reasonably well this season, the absence of free safety Marcus Maye (broken thumb) and probably the absence of Slot Corner Buster Skrine (concussion) and No. 1 corner of Trumaine Johnson (tense t quad) could be a problem against Thielen.
"He's really making some numbers," Claiborne said. "I think you could tell him the best recipient in the league, with just the numbers."
The Vikings line up Thielen across the field. But Claiborne said what makes Thielen hard to cover, more than his speed and versatility, is the precision with which he guides his routes.
"Only his ability to truly sell his ways," said Claiborne. "His ability to read the coverage knows when he's entering the zone coverage, he knows how to break his path and come in those windows where he can open himself."
"If he walks straight, he is not that 4.4-type of speed guy [in the 40-yard dash] but his ability to enter and leave routes can make the world of difference. You could be the slowest guy in the world, but when you come in and out of your breaks, it can mean a world of difference. "
Claiborne plays well this season through six games. He has two interceptions (one came back for a touchdown) and defended nine passes, compared to a selection and eight passes defended last year.
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"I've just worked hard to know how they're trying to attack me," he said. "It's a copying league, and if you give up, they'll try See if you've fixed it, I'm trying to learn from my mistakes, and I'm really trying to force the change from my old ways. "
In particular, Claiborne said he optimized his off-coverage technique and focused on it has focused his "squeeze" coverage when the jets are in the zone, so he does not play too loose within the zone coverage, he knows how critical these subtleties will be this week, against a technically flawless recipient who is at the top The NFL is shot
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