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Jets 2018 Training Camp Profile: LB Darron Lee

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Inside linebacker Darron Lee #58 of the New York Jets celebrates a recovery by teammate Jordan Jenkins #48 (not pictured) in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Inside linebacker Darron Lee #58 of the New York Jets celebrates a recovery by teammate Jordan Jenkins #48 (not pictured) in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Linebacker Darron Lee is coming off of a strong sophomore campaign with the New York Jets, and things only seem to be getting better.

Linebacker Darron Lee, the New York Jets first-round pick in 2016, can be looked at in several ways. Some see him as a solid pick who still has room to grow, and some see him as a disappointment. News flash: the sky is the limit for Lee.

Now entering his third season, Lee’s role among the team is increasing. Head coach Todd Bowles told the media that Lee will be calling most of the plays from the huddle on defense, with Avery Williamson occasionally stepping in. He is evolving into a leader on a young, hungry defense.

2017 SEASON REVIEW

Lee improved his game dramatically during his second season in the NFL. Starting in six more games than he did in 2016, Lee improved in almost every category you can think of. He posted 94 tackles, three passes defended, three sacks, and three forced fumbles.

While playing alongside veteran Demario Davis, Lee gradually improved his game. He seemed to improve week after week. Especially during the middle of the season.

Darron Lee is playing the best football of his young career https://t.co/K6sdorbb6m pic.twitter.com/AXO9g1ZTbN

— PFF NY Jets (@PFF_Jets) November 4, 2017

2018 SEASON OUTLOOK

Lee’s progress since his rookie year has been phenomenal. He is still only 24 years old, and he still has so much room to improve. His coverage game is the first step he wants to take as he’s focusing on getting more interceptions this upcoming season.

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As previously noted, Lee will be taking over the play calling duties that Demario Davis left behind. Lee plans on becoming a more vocal teammate on the field this year. He clearly wants to be the leader of the defense, and he has the perfect opportunity in 2018.

TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION

A hidden position battle of training camp will be between Lee and Williamson. Both have the desire to be “the guy” for this up and coming defense. Lee will continue to groom as a leader and should be a lock for the 53-man roster.

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