In a sport that is as brutal as football depth is a necessity not a luxury. It's something that gives playoff teams legs when injuries pile up high. The New York Jets re-signed linebacker Garret McIntyre on Wednesday giving them another quality player at the outside linebacker position before the draft in May.
The unrestricted free agent started three games for the Jets last season after Quinton Coples went down with an injury in the preseason that cost him the first two games of the season. In his 271 snaps played during the season, McIntyre played 79 of those snaps during the first couple of games where he made a strong impact.
McIntyre is average at about everything that he does on the field. He defends the run, the pass, and drops back in coverage at all decent rates, which makes him a valuable asset to the Jets as a backup player who can occasionally step in and start a game or two.
The key with McIntyre has been his ability to take advantage of the opportunities that he has been given. He has played in only limited snaps so the contention that he could become a starter comes with questions of how much more of a role he could actually play if given the opportunity. What he lacks in athletic ability he makes up for in relentlessness and a knack for executing plays properly.
Is he a smart signing by the Jets? Surely, he started his career with the Jets with some inconsistencies but has really been a boon to this defense in the limited snaps that he does play. With Calvin Pace coming off of a sensational year it will be hard for the 28-year-old to usurp too many snaps from the veteran but he will play dividends regardless if he starts or not.