5. C.J. Mosley, LB, NY Jets
From the moment the Jets hired general manager Joe Douglas, he began retooling this team to make it his own. In other words, he quickly cleaned house from the Mike Maccagnan era and began correcting the mistakes made by former Jets head coach Adam Gase.
Among their questionable decisions was paying linebacker C.J. Mosley $85 million over five years during the 2019 offseason. A decision that quickly went south as Mosley missed most of 2019 with a lingering groin injury, followed by a 2020 opt-out.
Therefore, the last time Mosley truly played NFL football came in 2018, his final season with the Baltimore Ravens. At the same time, because he has not played in so long, people are forgetting the kind of player he was when on the field.
Mosley is a true leader both on and off the field, something that new head coach Robert Saleh has to love. The “quarterback of the defense,” Mosley is set up to remind everyone that he can play at an elite level, and he knows it.
The 17th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mosley made the Pro Bowl in four of his first five seasons in the league. From 2014-2018, there were few linebackers playing at the level Mosley was, and Jets fans must remember his debut in 2019.
In Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, Mosley played a crucial role in their lockdown defense the first three quarters before he hurt his groin. In that game, he had six total tackles, two deflections, a fumble recovery, and a pick-six.
Of course, it has been a while since Mosley has played on Sunday. But if Mosley gets back in his zone, do not be surprised if he makes his first Pro Bowl since 2018.