Stability is something the New York Jets haven’t had much of this offseason (or in recent memory), but Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley is ready to change that.
This offseason, the Jets saw tons of moving and shaking across the entire organization, replacing both the head coach and general manager after a third straight season with 10 or more losses.
But the upheaval also brought reinforcements to the roster, and the talent and experience they bring to the table should help turn things around for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in nearly a decade.
One such addition in free agency was C.J. Mosley, a four-time Pro Bowler who was surprisingly allowed to test the open market by the Baltimore Ravens. The Jets gladly took advantage of the opportunity, paying big money to drop the former first-round pick into the heart of their improving defense.
Mosley knows that stability is an important factor in any successful team, and that’s exactly what he hopes to bring to the Gang Green (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
That’s one of the things that you can bring to the table to any team and your career as a football player. Being able to be an every-down player, make plays at any time and just be a force in the locker room on and off the field. I think that’s one of the key things you need on a young team — a guy that can lead by example and also a guy that will be able to step up and talk and make plays.
Mosley believes his experience and leadership will allow him to make a significant impact for the Jets in his first season with the team:
You get older you get more comfortable in your role. So when things get tough on you or you’ve been in a situation that you see kind of processing again, then that’s where I feel like I got better at as a leader and as a football player. Being able to talk more or say, ‘Hey, that’s not how you do things,’ or ‘If you keep going this way, this is going to happen.’ So I think that all just kind of goes when you’ve been in the league longer and the longer you’re seeing things.
Mosley has a proven track record of success, with four All-Pro nods to go with his quartet of Pro Bowl nominations. He’s been a tackling machine and a unquestioned leader for the Ravens, and he brings that vital presence to the Jets this season, both on the field and in the locker room.
The Jets already had one of the league’s more promising defenses heading into the offseason, led by Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, one of the NFL’s best at his position despite having just two seasons under his belt. Veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams is a key cog up front, and the addition of No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams gives the Jets another dynamic presence in the trenches.
Mosley is the perfect addition for this young unit, giving them a lead-by-example foundation in the middle.