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On the radar: Brodney Pool

5/20/2010

A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.

Yoohoo. Over here. Don't forget this guy.

His name's Brodney Pool, and he plays safety for the New York Jets.

So many of the Jets' offseason acquisitions roll off the tongue. LaDainian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, Jason Taylor. With the focus on those decorated newcomers, Pool largely has been forgotten.

He shouldn't be an afterthought.

The Jets are expecting a big year from Pool, a sixth-year pro the Cleveland Browns parted with over concussion concerns. The Jets signed him to a one-year contract worth about $1.3 million and view him as an upgrade to Kerry Rhodes, whom they traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a fourth-round draft pick this year and a seventh-rounder next year.

"Brodney will play the run better," Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine told ESPNNewYork.com. "I think he's a better tackler. I think he'll stick his face in there more than Kerry."

Pool, the 34th overall draft choice in 2005, was plagued with concussion problems in Cleveland. He was diagnosed with at least four of them and, after intercepting four passes in 11 games, spent the final five games last year on injured reserve.

But the Jets' medical staff determined Pool also gets migraine headaches that might have made the situation seem worse than it really is.

Now we know why the Jets didn't identify safety as a need position entering the draft.

If Pool can stay healthy, he could have more of an impact on the Jets season than any of those other big-ticket arrivals.