Dwight Lowery Earns New Nickname After Closing Out Last Two Jets Games


October 19, 2010

Dwight Lowery is "The Closer."

Mariano Rivera may be the best closer in baseball and Kyra Sedgwick may star in a TV show of the same name, but, right now, Lowery deserves the nickname.

"That's his nickname now," Darrelle Revis told ESPN.com. "He closed out two games for us the past two weeks. He's stepping his game up, he's doing what he needs to do."

Lowery has found the ball in his hands at the end of the last two Jets games. Both have been nail-biters for Gang Green, but the second-year cornerback stepped up to close the door on any possible comeback.

The Vikings were in the middle of a game-threatening drive when Lowery intercepted a Brett Favre pass to seal the victory for the Jets in Week 5.

He made a similar play in New York's most recent win.

With the Broncos threatening, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine called Lowery's number on a corner blitz. There were so many defensive backs on the field that it looked like a quarter formation.

"Yeah, like a quarter," Lowery said with a laugh. "On that play they were really confused. We showed a look we hadn't shown all day, and they were rattled a little bit."

On a bad snap, Lowery leaped on the fumble to secure the game for the Jets.

His recent play has not gone unnoticed.

"Dwight's been great," safety Jim Leonhard told the website. "Any time you're getting limited reps on defense it's kind of hard. You've got to stay in the game plan, and he's come up huge."

The Jets have a bye this week, but "The Closer" will look to build on his strong finishes in Week 8 against the pass-happy Packers.

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