New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee enters this season with high aspirations and he has taken a great first step in New York Jets OTAs by being more vocal.
Darron Lee is ready to become a leader on the New York Jets defense in 2018. Lee doesn’t want to become just another linebacker, he wants to become an “All-Pro” linebacker heading into his third season in the pros.
During OTAs, Lee has taken a great first step in trying to achieve that goal by being more vocal during practice. Lee has been able to be more vocal due to former Jets middle linebacker Demario Davis leaving for the New Orleans Saints during free agency.
Lee talked about how he is able to become more vocal now since Davis left via free agency. With this plan already in action, Lee and the rest of the defense are working on building great communication and chemistry with one another. If the defense is all on the same page, the entire team will benefit and that finally could end the Jets seven-year playoff drought.
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Here is what Lee had to say after during the second week of OTAs according to Daryl Slater of NJ Advance Media:
“That’s exactly what they want me to do. I was vocal last year, but it was hard, because Demario had been here before. So it was kind of hard to really do that, because he already knew it. But I was still vocal out there. I already am more vocal [this year]. It’s already been put into action.”
If the Jets end their playoff drought in 2018, Lee could possibly accomplish a lofty goal he set for himself, an All-Pro selection.
According to the article by Slater, Lee wants to be one of the best linebackers in the game today. Pass coverage is the one area of Lee’s game he must improve if he wants to become an All-Pro. According to Pro Football Focus, Lee ranked 74th out of 75 linebackers in 2016 coverage rankings and 74th out of 77 linebackers in 2017. Lee has yet to record an interception in his first two years in the league as well.
Entering his third season, Lee stresses he needs to add turnovers to the stat sheet in order to elevate his game to the next level. If Lee can hone in on improving his game like he is with his communication as a future leader on the Jets defense, he has a chance to achieve that goal of being an All-Pro. A regular linebacker doesn’t accomplish those type of things.