NY Jets: 3 players that must step up following the Carl Lawson injury

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The NY Jets cannot replace Carl Lawson. The star defensive end who tore his Achilles in Thursday's practice is too talented of a player for one man alone to replace.

That means it'll be all hands on deck as the team looks to replicate his production.

Lawson was signed to a hefty three-year, $45 million contract in the offseason as one of the most coveted free agents on the market. The Jets signed him believing they had finally found their long-awaited solution at edge rusher.

It had quite literally been decades since the team had a pass rusher as talented as Lawson. And throughout training camp, he made it clear that he was worth the hype.

Lawson was the best overall player in Jets training camp consistently dominating the offensive line and giving young left tackle Mekhi Becton nightmares.

It's hard to recall any player having as incredible of a camp as he had —that's how good he was. But with one unfortunate misstep on a grassy field in Wisconsin, all of that was wiped away.

The Jets' defense still has plenty of talented players, particularly in the front seven. But there is no replacing what Carl Lawson brought to the table. It simply cannot be done.

However, with Lawson now out, a number of players will need to do their best to step up. They can't replace him, but they can attempt to fill his shoes.

Let's take a look at three players that must step up following the Carl Lawson injury.