The New York Jets have began a youth movement in their linebacker core by investing three draft picks in the last two years on this position. Lorenzo Mauldin and rookies Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins will be heavily depended on to keep this linebacker makeover trending in the right direction.
Jenkins is still getting adjusted to his new NFL surroundings and realizes he is a key part of the Jets defensive future. “It’s been an eye-opening experience for me,” Jenkins said of joining the Jets. “I didn’t know what to expect coming in. I mean, I’m still in awe. It’s still hard to believe that this is actually happening.”
Head coach Todd Bowles is looking forward to working with this group, but made it clear it is up these players work ethic to reach their potential. “[They] have a lot of talent, but nothing takes the place of experience, so they have a lot of work to do,” coach Todd Bowles said at the Jets rookie minicamp.
The Jets also have former CFL standout Freddie Bishop, who recorded 11 sacks last season for the Calgary Stampeders. Bishop is 6-foot-4, 265 pounds and has the right size for a 3-4 scheme, but it will be a transition for him from CFL level of play to the NFL. “I don’t know that you compare the number, but 11 sacks is 11 sacks,” Bowles said. “I was in Miami when Cameron Wake got there and we took him from Canada. Sometimes it takes guys time to develop and you can develop over there and come back over here and be good players or can develop over there and have a career over there.”
The Jets have tons of potential in the locker room at the linebacker position. The more experience these players get the more chance these players will have to shine. This position group along with the rest of the Jets defense will be fun to watch for years to come.