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Jets 2018 Roster Countdown: Number 49 Dylan Donahue

NFL: New York Jets at Oakland Raiders Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Dylan Donahue is the next Jet in our roster countdown.

Name: Dylan Donahue

Number: 49

Year with Jets: 2nd

Projected Role: Backup edge player and special teamer

His 2017: Donahue got some early buzz and work with the first team defense in offseason practices. He ended up fading, however, and had a rookie season that was both quiet and short. He tore ligaments in an elbow in an early season game, which ended his rookie campaign after recording only 5 tackles.

The biggest news about Donahue unfortunately came due to an offseason arrest on drunk driving charges and the revelation he was also arrested last year on similar charges. Donahue spent a month in rehab during the offseason.

2018 will be a success if: Donahue first of all has been able to put his life back together. That is the most important thing. On the field, it would relate to him developing into a contributor as a pass rusher and special teamer.

Odds of making the roster: I have no idea the extent to which Donahue’s off field situation will play into the team’s decision-making. On the field, there is a clear opening and need at edge rusher. Donahue could play his way into a role, but an unestablished second year fifth round pick is never a lock. He would be a likely practice squad candidate if he fails to make the final 53, but for now I would call him More Likely Than Not (50-75%).