The New York Jets are fresh off their first win of the preseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rookie linebacker Darron Lee is already not a fan of special teams.
Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Jets looked fast, efficient and showed resilience straight to a 17-13 victory. The Jets were also able to see their first round draft pick live in action against real opponents.
Linebacker Darron Lee made the most out of his reps in his first preseason game. Lee totaled four tackles and a sack. He was also quite disruptive and his speed was great to see on the overall pass rush of the Jets.
When it comes to having to do assignments for special teams on the other hand, he’s no fan of it. As per Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, here’s what Lee had to say about his experiences so far on special teams:
“It was a lot of fun,” he said of his debut. “I’m pretty tired from special teams, I’m not going to lie. But, according to everybody else, that’s what a rookie has to do. I have to keep running down on special teams but still go out and make plays, regardless if you’re winded.”
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Of course Lee is part of the traditional role for all rookies heading into the NFL of having to start from the bottom and earn their spot.
There is no questioning the kind of defensive cornerstone Lee could be over the years as it all starts with learning the basics and fundamentals to thrive in a starting position.
Even after doing his part in special teams, Lee found a way to make contributions on the football field, where it matters most.
His unique skill-set once the regular season arrives will be a welcomed addition to the Jets’ defense.
As the Jets figure out the exact role he’ll have on defense, he has what it takes to really make some noise this upcoming season. It’ll take some time but he has everything needed to not only live up to his potential but be a nonstop tackling machine in 2016.
Overall, Lee isn’t quite there yet but his performance against the Jaguars to open up the preseason with a victory is great to see. Heading in the right direction, it’s only a matter of time before Lee won’t have to worry about special teams anymore and just focus on chasing quarterbacks.