As the NY Jets continue on in training camp, players are doing everything and anything to stand out and prove their worth. Many are trying to earn final roster spots while others want to be thrust into key leadership roles across the team to help the Jets win a lot of games this upcoming season.
When it comes to defense, it's all about working together, communication, and having a savvy veteran call plays to ensure success. Yes, the Jets' defensive line should hopefully be a strength in 2021 but all that depends on what happens around them.
Can the defensive secondary step up and be consistent? Can the pass rush do its job efficiently? Can the linebacker corps call the right defensive plays to be disruptive when it matters most? All these questions and more will be answered in 2021 but for now, in training camp, an interesting development has happened when it comes to who will quarterback the defense from the Jets' linebacker corps.
Linebacker Jarrad Davis calling defensive plays for NY Jets
In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he made note of an observation in practice when it came to who was calling what on defense. Before training camp even began, the general consensus was that linebacker C.J. Mosley would be handling calling all the defensive signals. As of now, it looks like those duties have been handled by linebacker Jarrad Davis instead.
In the grand scheme of things, there are two ways to take in this observation in practice made by Cimini. It's either the Jets are giving Davis some reps in calling defensive plays in case an injury happens to Mosley or Davis is actually separating himself from the pack and able to do it more effectively.
Whatever the case may be, anything can change between now and Week 1 of the regular season but this is a great thing for the Jets to experiment and tinker with. Especially since Davis is no stranger to calling defensive plays as he did it well during his four-year tenure with the Detroit Lions. Davis was a good free agent pickup by the Jets as it is and now that he's adding more responsibilities to his plate, it goes to show everything he brings to the table defensively.
So far in his career, Davis has totaled 305 tackles, seven forced fumbles, and is very productive when it comes to blitzing situations with 10.5 sacks. If Davis is able to continue showing he can call defensive plays accurately and help put the Jets defense at an advantage against the opposition, he's going to end up being quite the impact player in 2021.