Linebacker Darron Lee enters his second season with the New York Jets hoping to continue honing his craft towards becoming their next defensive leader of the future. Here’s his training camp profile.
With training camp on the horizon for the New York Jets, linebacker Darron Lee is hoping to pick up exactly where he left off from last season. Of course, he had an off-the-field incident occur during the offseason but hopefully, he’ll put everything behind him and focus on the task at hand.
Since David Harris was shockingly released this offseason, it’s a prime opportunity for Lee to continue working on not only his unique skill-set but also on his leadership skills. Lee is still rather young at just 22-years-old, but the majority of the locker room are all also a bunch of youngsters. If he can post big numbers and also be a vocal leader, it will go a long way towards putting his career back on the right track.
Leadership isn’t something that’s given to you but rather, earned by what a player does on the field and how he acts off it. Of course, Lee had his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons just a few months ago but once training camp is here, it’ll be an opportunity to start things off with a clean slate and again, focus on becoming an even better linebacker. Here’s his complete profile heading into training camp.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
In his rookie season with the Jets, Lee totaled 42 tackles, two passes defended, and a sack. Despite suffering an ankle injury, Lee showed signs of brilliance and flat out speed when chasing down the ball carrier.
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2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Expect to see Lee starting in a plethora of defensive plays in order to use his speed, aggression, and high football IQ on a daily basis.
Since the Jets want to get younger in all aspects of the team, it makes sense to put Lee in a situation to thrive. Lee should enjoy a good sophomore season with the Jets and undoubtedly show more progression this time around.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Lee will compete and win a starting linebacker position with the Jets. His spot isn’t anywhere near in danger of being lost unless he shows a major decline in play or gets injured during training camp. If neither happens, Lee will easily make the final 53-man roster of the Jets.