So far with the New York Jets, linebacker Darron Lee is making some solid early impressions in his rookie season.
Outside linebacker Darron Lee of the New York Jets impressed many thus far and will look into continuing that success for the rest of the season. The Jets have looked for the past few years to finally have a young and reliable outside linebacker. They might have found one in Lee as he has the potential to be a key part of their defense over time.
As a rookie, Lee will have to fill in many shoes since the Jets have had a successful history of linebackers to play for them. He has helped the run defense become more efficient so far this season.
Lee has a lot of strengths in his game but a few weaknesses, nothing that the Jets didn’t know about. He is able to diagnose and adjust to the flow of an opposing offense. He has good vision to find the most efficient routes straight to making key tackles.
Unlike most linebackers, Lee plays loose and has quick feet with very good agility. Being a former quarterback in high school, Lee is able to change direction and speed to be a range playmaker. He has plenty of speed to get into the backfield that could be a running back’s nightmare.
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In the two games thus far he been a very good gap blitzer with the ability to get through skinny holes. So far this season, he has a total of 11 tackles.
Even though this is a very small sample size, he has helped the Jets see some flashes of major potential ready to be developed
Last week in a key divisional matchup against the Buffalo Bills, on a 2nd down defensive stop, Lee made a key play in the game.
The Bills handed the football to running back LeSean McCoy and Lee saw an opening. knifed through the line of scrimmage and caused a two-year lost. Later in the
Lee knifed through the line of scrimmage and caused a two-yard loss. Later in the game, he helped out in a huge way on a 4th and 1 play late in the game. He helped fellow teammate Sheldon Richardson in stopping McCoy from getting a first down.
If he is able to get into more pass defensive schemes, Lee can cover very well and is able to make plays thanks to his speed. Now with an injury to Erin Henderson, Lee could see more playing time this week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Overall, Lee has been very productive thus far for the Jets and has the potential to help them out in the long run. Lee is a versatile run and hit linebacker with an attacking mindset that hopefully leads to a successful future in the NFL.