New York Jets linebacker CJ Mosley is as impactful as Sam Darnold. Here’s why the defense can get that much better with his return to the field.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said it best during his Wednesday media appearance:
“Getting CJ Mosley back is as impactful as getting a starting quarterback back. He’s that impactful.”
It’s funny that Gase used that comparison considering the Jets just got their quarterback back in Week 6 vs the Dallas Cowboys.
While all week heading into the matchup the Jets coaching staff said Sam Darnold wouldn’t be a “magic wand” for this offense, yet that’s exactly what he was.
An offense that had scored two touchdowns the entire season suddenly came to life and dropped 24 points at home. Darnold was exceptional going 23-of-32 from the field for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The 72 percent completion percentage wasn’t too shabby either.
Linebacker CJ Mosley confirmed to the media that he’s going to play on Monday night football.
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“Obviously CJ is a dynamic playmaker. He always gets his hand on the ball and he cleans up a lot of things. If we get a poor run fit, he gets involved in the tackle and he can mask any type of error for us. Mosley is a very intelligent player who has seen a lot of football. So he can see things coming that some of the younger guys won’t. At the end of the day, he’s one of our captains. He’s a really good leader for us.”
So when can we see him back?
You’ll see him back in Week 7 vs the New England Patriots after missing the last four games.
Coach Gase indicated that they were making progress with Mosley who has been out since the season opener vs the Buffalo Bills.
Mosley did some individual drills on Thursday.
The team is trying to take a “minute-to-minute approach” with CJ. They don’t want to rush him back and potentially suffer a setback that could keep him out even longer.
Adam Gase stressed the team wants to make “the right decision with him whatever they decide to do. This will be a full organizational decision that involves CJ on what’s best for him.”
While the young guys on the roster (Neville Hewitt and Blake Cashman) have been serviceable in Mosley’s four-game absence, they just aren’t at the same level. Mosley coming back is huge news for this Jets defense that has played well in his absence.