For the New York Jets to get the most out of their new linebacker corps, they’ll need their trusted veteran at the positional group to lead the way.
Erin Henderson. Lorenzo Mauldin. Freddie Bishop. Darron Lee. Jordan Jenkins. These are just some of the projected main linebackers for the New York Jets that will boast speed, aggression and above all else wreak havoc against opposing offenses this upcoming season.
When you infuse talent like this that are younger, it’s imperative to have veteran leadership in place to keep everything together. This is where linebacker David Harris comes into play.
Make no mistake about, the Jets’ defense will be immensely different this upcoming season, especially at linebacker. The Jets spent top dollar and two of their selections in the 2016 NFL Draft were about upgrading one of the weakest areas on the team.
The youth movement has begun for the Jets as last year, they didn’t get the kind of production needed to have their linebacker corps be a difference maker in games. It was slow, unable to get the ball carrier fast enough and simply not good enough to give the Jets that extra edge in the second tier on defense.
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All that is about to change and as Harris enters his tenth season with the Jets as he’s the perfect leader that will be key for this positional group to be a major strength on defense.
He’s got the experience of what it’s like to be in the NFL Playoffs as well as what it takes to truly push the envelope at linebacker by getting the most out of those around him.
The leadership, guidance and mentoring that Harris will bring to whichever players earn starting spots will be what gets this linebacker corps to be one of the best in the NFL.
It has the talent to be something special for the Jets and if their offense is anything like it was last season, this team can flat out be scary in 2016 from all aspects.
Overall, Harris will be the glue that keeps everything together and lead by example. In his career so far, Harris has totaled 646 tackles, 34.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and six interceptions. If he can get those around him to produce the kind of numbers Harris does on a consistent basis each season, expect to see the Jets once again shock the football world this upcoming season.