As the New York Jets continue to prepare for the upcoming season, there are some talks that they might be interested in bringing back former linebacker Calvin Pace.
One of the main weaknesses the New York Jets sought to address this offseason was their linebacker corps. Last season, the positional unit was slow, unable to make a consistent impact and lacked the speed to be efficient. Thanks to a very good draft by general manager Mike Maccagnan, he addressed it by selecting linebackers, Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.
The overall pass rush of the Jets’ defense in 2015 wasn’t consistent at all, especially during key moments to turn games into their favor. Now with new talent in the mix, it should be quicker and able to bring the pressure against opposing teams. Since the Jets also have savvy veterans in linebackers, David Harris and Erin Henderson, this positional unit looks like it will be a strength again.
Linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin is entering his sophomore season as expectations are high for him to deliver major results. He did well last year totaling seven tackles and four sacks. If everything goes according to plan, Mauldin could very well have a breakout year with the experience of last year under his belt.
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Recently for ESPN, staff writer Rich Cimini chimed in his thoughts on injuries across the Jets and brought up an interesting point.
At this point in time, Jenkins is dealing with a calf injury which might cause him to miss time in practice.
Just like Cimini pointed out, it might also hinder his progress to work his way up to eventually being a starting linebacker on defense.
If he does miss time, he might need a mentor to help him not only deal with injury but in getting mentally ready for what awaits this regular season.
Former linebacker Calvin Pace is still a free agent and according to Cimini, isn’t ready to retire anytime soon. Could a reunion actually happen should the Jets want to bring him back on a minimal value one-year deal to help develop those around him?
Of course, anything is possible but at the end of the day, it’s best the Jets stay away from bringing him back.
Pace’s statistics has been on a steep decline over the past few years. Pace would bring veteran experience to the locker room, but isn’t needed anymore. Harris is more than capable of filling that role nicely for the new rookies in town.
Overall, it’s best the Jets stick with what they wanted to accomplish this offseason. The goal was to make their linebacker corps faster, consistent and above all else, younger. Harris still has what it takes to get the job done as the Jets will be just fine without him.