NY Jets 2022 spring depth chart preview: Defensive line

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4. What will be the biggest training camp storyline for the NY Jets defensive line?

When you bring in a big-name rookie, it's always fun to see how he injects himself into the roster at his first camp, and while keeping our eyes on Jermaine Johnson will be fun, it's not the biggest story for the Jets in the training camp this year.

That focus should be on the recovery of the Jets' biggest 2021 free-agent signing, Carl Lawson, who is still recovering from an Achilles injury suffered last summer.

He may have a slow start to camp, and may not be fully healthy until he's got several games under his belt, but given how explosive and exciting he is as a pass-rusher, Jets fans should be beyond fired up to see Lawson return to the field in 2022.

5. Predictions for the 2022 NY Jets defensive line?

While the Jets are looking to rise up in the standings from the cellar of the AFC, it's going to be against very tough competition. Even though we predict several standout seasons from individuals, this group as a whole may remain middle of the pack.

Williams, Lawson, and Johnson are all names that will stand out in 2022, with a Pro Bowl bid not out of the question for any of the three. If the Jets can keep this unit together, opposing QBs will be getting hit — a lot.

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If healthy, Carl Lawson legitimately has the potential to break the Jets' single-season sack record, and while he may never live up to the success of Mark Gastineau, even getting close to that would provide a huge boost to this up-and-coming defense.