It’s a Monday edition of “Where Are They Now?”, and we head back to the defensive side of the football, to look at a guy that was chosen in the late 1980′s, and played for the team through the mid-90s, before heading to the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. He wasn’t exactly a beloved choice by the Jets with the 14th pick overall in 1989, but he did have a season with double-digit sacks. We are talking about DE, #56, Jeff Lageman.
As mentioned before, Jeff Lageman was chosen in the first round of the 1989 NFL draft, with the 14th pick overall. This was not the pick that Jets’ fans were hoping for, and the response at the draft was not kind. Guys that were picked after Lageman, for example, were Steve Atwater, Andre Rison, Carnell Lake, and Daryl “Moose” Johnston.
Despite not being a guy the Jets’ fans were excited about, Lageman performed well in the Green and White. As a backup during his first two seasons, he recorded 8.5 sacks. Let’s look at his complete stats through the years:
|1994||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||6.5||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
|1993||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||8.5||–||0||1||15||15.0||15||0||0|
|1992||New York Jets||2||2||–||–||–||1.0||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
|1991||New York Jets||16||16||–||–||–||10.0||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
|1990||New York Jets||16||–||–||–||–||4.0||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
|1989||New York Jets||16||–||–||–||–||4.5||–||0||–||–||0.0||–||–||0|
In three years that he started all 16 games for the Jets, Lageman averaged over 8 sacks per season. No, he didn’t exactly live up to the number 56, (the other guy wearing it at the time was Lawrence Taylor). But, he was an effective rusher coming off of the edge for the Jets.
Jeff Lageman left in 1995 to join an newly formed expansion team known as the Jacksonville Jaguars, staying with them through 1998, where an injury in week one ended his career for good.
So what is Lageman up to now? Well, upon his retirement, he worked as a color commentator for FOX. By 2001, Jeff joined the Jaguars radio network as the color analyst. He works as the co-host of he “Jaguars This Week” radio show. He also works on the weekly TV program “Jaguars All Access”.
The defensive end, #56, Jeff Lageman.