Linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin is entering the final year of his contract with the New York Jets. It’s all or nothing for him to prove he’s worth keeping around for the future.
When linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin first hit the pro scene, he left a very strong impression with the New York Jets. In his rookie season back in 2015, Mauldin totaled seven tackles and 4.0 sacks. He looked to be the real deal as a solid pass rusher with a lot of upside to develop into a top defender over time.
Unfortunately, since that rookie season, Mauldin has been on the decline. In his sophomore season in 2016, Mauldin totaled seven tackles again and 2.5 sacks. He then was hit with a severe back injury that required surgery to correct.
Due to season-ending back surgery and recovery, Mauldin went on to miss the entire 2017 season. With a very small sample size heading into Jets training camp, it’s all or nothing for Mauldin as he’s preparing for a much bigger task at hand.
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Entering the final year of his contract, Mauldin has to put on an impressive training camp and show up during preseason games if he’s to even make the final roster. The Jets brought in a lot of competition at every position as there is no guarantee that Mauldin will be able to resemble the same player that made a name for himself early on in his pro career.
Hopefully, Mauldin can deliver and give the leadership regime plenty of reasons to keep him around. If not, he’ll find himself off the team as it might be time for the Jets to move forward without him due to his inability to be a consistent pass rusher where it matters most on the gridiron.
Mauldin is a fighter and should bring everything he’s got to the table once training camp is underway. If his back surgery went well and he’s able to not miss a beat, this motivation of possibly being his last stint with the Jets should undoubtedly push him to overachieve. It’s all on him to earn his way back into the starting lineup.