With training camp on the horizon, here are three positional battles (and some honorable mentions) to keep tabs on throughout the summer.
The Jets linebackers have potential, but the group has some question marks.
Four-time Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley, who looked in fine form during the spring, has played in two games the past two seasons (core injury, opted out). General manager Joe Douglas added LB Jarrad Davis in free agency, a first-round pick of the Lions in 2017. Davis (6-1, 245), could be primed for a breakout season after many believe he was miscast in Detroit. Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich believes Davis will be a good fit in the Jets’ 4-3 with his combination of size and speed.
If you pencil in Mosley and Davis as starters, who will be the third linebacker? The Jets have Blake Cashman, a 2019 fifth-round pick with good athleticism, but he’s missed 21 games in his first two NFL seasons. Douglas also drafted a pair of college safeties who will transition to outside linebacker — Jamien Sherwood (Auburn) and Hamsah Nasirildeen (Florida State).
“They’re long, they’re fast, they’re instinctual,” Ulbrich said of the rookies. “Jamien Sherwood, I’ve been around a lot of rookies as a player and coach, he’s unique in the way that he has absolutely picked up the finite details of this defense already. … And then Hamsah has a different level of anticipation and instinct that rookies don’t normally…