The New York Jets have plenty of decisions to make throughout the course of upcoming training camps. With a new regime in town, everyone is on a clean slate to prove their worth and earn their spots on the final roster. Most teams try to find a balance of veterans mixed in with young talent to field the best possible team heading into the upcoming NFL season. With that being said, does linebacker Jason Babin have anything to worry about heading into his 12th season? Could he be cut from the Jets due to his age or a slight decline of play?
It’s no secret that the Jets want an infusion of youth on defense and build around their core veterans to become a top defensive unit in 2015. Babin will be turning 35 years old and while many believe that age is everything, the experience he brings is something the Jets should definitely keep for all the young players on defense.
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Last season for the Jets, Babin contributed 14 tackles and 2.0 sacks. If everything plays out well for Babin during training camps, the Jets should continue to use him in situational defensive packages, especially on 3rd down stops.
Babin can still get the job done in the 3-4 defense that the Jets plan to deploy this upcoming season. Considering that Babin excels in coming off the edge on blitzing schemes and to stop the run, he still has enough gas left in the tank to deliver for the Jets when they need it most this upcoming season.
Overall, while many feel Babin could be on the roster bubble and be a training camp casualty if he shows a decline in play, the Jets should still keep him around for the experience and leadership he brings to the table. Those are key things money can’t buy and could be the final pieces to what the Jets need to turn things around nicely in 2015.