Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (not pictured) in the third quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

2013 New York Jets Training Camp Preview: Part IV-Defensive Line


Good morning everybody. Time to continue our walk through the Jets roster, as we get ready for the opening of 2013 training camp. The first open practice is on the 26th, if any of your are as anxious as me, you are just chomping at the bit for things to get going. We’re all 0-0, is there a better time than when football is getting going? Anyway…………

So far we have looked at the quarterback battle, the running backs and wide receivers, and the offensive line.  Now, we move on to the other side of the football.  Let’s take a look at the …………..

DEFENSIVE LINE

If there ever was a position on a team coming off of a 6-10 record that didn’t have much of a competition, it’s the defensive line on the New York Jets.

The front of the roster is set, Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Quinton Coples.  As we all know, this will be the core of the Jets defensive line for years to come.  That group is likely to include first round pick Sheldon Richardson, but he has yet to sign his rookie contract.

The only “battles” that are going to occur are to fill out the depth chart.  A guy that has been here for a year and should have an excellent shot is fan favorite Damon Harrison.  He steadily improved through his rookie 2012 campaign, from the practice squad to the active roster by the end of the year, and is set to make the jump as a solid backup in 2013.

The next group of competition will be let by veteran Antonio Garay, then we have Jake McDonough, Junior Aumavae, Lanier Coleman, and Tevita Finau. 

So the first four are pretty set, assuming Richardson gets his contract done relatively soon.  As far as the rest of the bunch?  Put Damon Harrison and Antonio Garay into the lead as we head out of the first turn, but the rest of the group will have the chance to over take them.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    The strength of the Jet defense has sifted from the Dbs to the defensive line– lets hope everybody continues to improve and Richardson gets signed before camp. Richardson could give Tom Brady a lot of grief rushing the prettyboy up the middle, Brady’s biggest weakness according to PFF

    • matr dontelli iii

      meanwhile the moron media talks about how richardson ‘doesn’t fit their scheme.’ imagine getting paid to provide insight and that’s what you write? on an unrelated topic, have the jets announced who will be this year’s additions to the ‘ring of honour’? if not, guessing them might be a fun game while we wait for camp to start. i think lyons and possibly buttle are due along with maybe byrd or glenn and someone from the superbowl team, like rasmussen.

    • TheJetPress

      Love the sound of that…..