When the Jets drafted Darron Lee out of Ohio State, they maintained he would be a backup until he played his way into the starting lineup. If the distribution of snaps against the Bengals is an indication, it seems the coaching staff believes he has earned playing time.
The Jets re-signed Erin Henderson in free agency to be a starter. When the Jets picked Lee, it was presumed that would not change. In yesterday's season opener, however, Lee saw the field for 36 snaps while Henderson only got 21. Meanwhile, David Harris, whose status heading into the game seemed to be up in the air, was on the field for all 57 defensive snaps for the Jets.
One would imagine the Jets hope Lee plays well enough to eventually take over a full load of snaps as the season progresses.
The total snap count totals for the defense are listed below.