NY Jets news: 3 standouts from Day 2 of 2021 training camp

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1. Carl Lawson, DE, NY Jets

It's difficult to fully gauge offensive/defensive line play without pads on. But even in spite of that, Carl Lawson was arguably the most impactful player during Thursday's practice.

The Jets prized free-agent signing was all over the backfield tallying at least two or three would-be sacks and recording a handful of pressures as well. He showed flashes of the game-wrecker the Jets are paying him to be.

Two of his sacks came while he was working against left tackle Mekhi Becton. There's a big difference between lining up opposite Frankie Luvu and Tarell Basham in practice and matching up with Carl Lawson.

The Jets handed Lawson a hefty three-year, $45 million contract this offseason to be the team's best pass rusher since the days of John Abraham. He's already making a strong first impression.

Of course, this is without pads, so this performance should be taken with a grain of salt. But you also have to remember that Lawson didn't have the advantage of playing alongside Quinnen Williams either.

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The Jets have high hopes for Carl Lawson in 2021. And his performance so far in training camp should make the team very excited about his future.