Florham Park, N.J. - Year after year, one thing is consistent about the New York Jets: the defense is nothing to joke about. At the moment, the Jets have one of the best defenses they have had in a long time. Here are my five bold predictions about how the defensive side of the ball will do.
1. Muhammad Wilkerson will lead the NFL in sacks. Wilkerson has the ability to do this without a problem. The only problem is trying to out-sack J.J. Watt and Khalil Mack. Wilkerson was tied for 6th with 12 sacks behind Watt, Mack, Ezekiel Ansah, Carlos Dunlap, and Chandler Jones. With the sack total added with his 64 total tackles, Wilkerson was a Pro Bowl selection for the first time in his career. He was unable to participate due to a broken leg he suffered Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills. Is there doubt that Wilkerson will be unable to produce those numbers because of his injury? Yes. However, he just signed a big 5-year deal after saying that New York didn’t appreciate him. Wilkerson will be giving it his all this year.
2. Darrelle Revis will lead the NFL in interceptions. Another time where Revis has the ability to do this. It just comes down to who is ahead of him on the list. Revis finished with five picks, tied with six other players for 6th in the league. Ahead of him was Reggie Nelson, Marcus Peters, Kurt Coleman, Trumaine Johnson, and teammate Marcus Williams. Back in the early years with the Jets, Revis was one of the most feared cornerbacks in the NFL. Dubbed “Revis Island,” he usually is lined up against a team’s number one receiver. Age isn’t an issue for Revis, as he had five interceptions last year after only having four total with Tampa Bay and New England.
3. Freddie Bishop III will have Cameron Wake-like numbers. What I mean by this is Bishop won’t have problem transitioning from the Canadian Football League to the NFL, just as Wake in 2009. For those that don’t know, Wake spent two seasons in the CFL before coming to the NFL. He racked up 39 sacks in two seasons, winning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards. Bishop didn’t get close to those numbers, but had 11 sacks last season with the Calgary Stampeders. Doesn’t matter what anyone says, 11 sacks are 11 sacks. Bishop is an edge rusher with the ability to play defensive line as well. He’ll make a splash in the big apple.
4. Dee Milliner will have a breakout year. He showed promise his rookie year when he had 56 tackles, 17 passes defended, and three interceptions. However, the next two years were filled with injuries. Milliner suffered an ankle sprain followed up a tear in his Achilles tendon his sophomore season, where he was only able to play three games. In 2015, he underwent wrist surgery in August. He played the last five games of the season and only registered one tackle. Throughout OTAs and minicamp, Milliner split first-team reps with Williams while Revis worked his way back from wrist surgery. Milliner is in the final year of his contract, as New York declined to pick up his fifth-year option. Milliner will be fighting for another contract.
5. Darron Lee wins Defensive Rookie of the Year. This is a similar situation to Wilkerson and Revis in which Lee is capable of achieving the task at hand, but it’s the other players that are stopping him. He was drafted 20th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, the second outside linebacker taken behind Leonard Floyd. Some other players that can give him a run for his money is Jalen Ramsey and former teammate Joey Bosa. In two years with Ohio State, Lee recorded 146 total tackles, 27 for loss, and 11 sacks. He has the athletic ability to break out and be a big surprise for the Jets defense.96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
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