With a defensive line consisting of players like Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison and Quinton Coples one might have believe the Jets would not have focused too much attention on adding to that line. One might have thought that but they would have thought wrong.
Earlier in free agency the Jets began building up the backend of a defensive line rotation by signing Kevin Vickerson and Stephen Bowen, today they added another important piece of the rotation by bringing back the valuable Leger Douzable.
Douzable has spent the past two seasons with the Jets, serving as a versatile backup that can play inside or outside, and even though he has never started a game he has seen plenty of playing time backing up the star-studded starters.
Like last year Douzable probably could have commanded more money and playing time signing somewhere else but he loves the area and has formed an important and close bond with his line-mates, which he says was one the biggest factors in deciding to return.
“That was one of the main decisions,” Douzable said to New York Jets in-house reporter Eric Allen. “Coming back with Mo (Wilkerson), Shelly (Richardson), Snacks (Harrison) and Q (Coples) we built up something of a rapport the last two years and there was no reason to break that up now.”
Douzable clearly wanted to stay with the Jets and he said it feels great to be welcomed back and continuing to build on what they have started.
“It’s a great feeling man,” Douzable said to Allen. “Anytime you come back home, where people are welcoming you with open arms, it’s a great feeling. We built a lot of continuity with this D-line and it’s time to keep it going this year.”
Like all Jets fans Douzable is excited about the new additions to the roster and expects great things from this team but unlike many fans he’s realistic about acknowledging that they have to continue to work together and prove to the rest of the league they are more than just an amazing team on paper.
“Oh, it’s amazing. I mean on paper we look like a really good group but, you know, that really doesn’t matter. We have to go out there and prove to everybody that we’re a good group,” Douzable said to Allen. “You know, we brought (Antonio) Cromartie back and (Darrelle) Revis back, got a good young safety in (Marcus) Gilchrist and Buster Skrine, who I’ve trained with is another good guy, so on paper we look amazing but we have to go out there and prove it.”