The hits just keep on coming for the New York Jets beleaguered defense. Fresh on the heels of losing star defensive end Carl Lawson to a ruptured Achilles tendon comes news that linebacker Jarrad Davis will miss about two months with an ankle injury suffered in the Jets’ 23 - 14 win over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Davis was expected to man the strong side linebacker spot for the Jets this year. Now he is not expected to take the field until sometime around the bye week. That would mean a two month absence for Davis and big issues for the Jets linebacking unit.
Jarrad Davis and Carl Lawson were the two big acquisitions the Jets made this offseason in free agency. With Lawson out for the year and Davis out for about two months, the Jets defense, which looked so promising a week ago, suddenly is springing major leaks.
The cornerbacks were already a sore spot, with nothing but unproven players at every spot on the depth chart. The thought was that the Jets could compensate with a young but very talented defensive line that was expected to put a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Now the defensive line is missing its best pass rusher and the linebackers are down to just C.J. Mosley in terms of an experienced, veteran presence. Jarrad Davis is expected to be replaced in the lineup by rookie Jamien Sherwood, leaving two of the three linebacker spots manned by rookies. Combined with a cornerbacks room almost completely lacking in NFL experience, that could spell trouble for the Jets defense. If the defensive line is not playing lights out this year, we can probably expect to see most opponents with a decent quarterback and decent set of weapons to have a fair modicum of success against this very inexperienced Jets defense.