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Can the NY Jets replicate the 2019 49ers defensive line?

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NY Jets, Carl Lawson
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Can the NY Jets fill the Nick Bosa role?

Next in production on that defensive line was then-rookie defensive end Nick Bosa. Bosa, drafted one pick before Jets’ star Quinnen Williams in 2019, took the league by storm as a rookie.

He recorded nine sacks, 16 TFLs, and 25 QB hits that year, along with an interception, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Bosa received an elite 86.7 grade on PFF, an astonishing accolade for such a young player.

Beyond basic counting stats, Nick Shook of NFL.com reported that Bosa “[finished] with a pressure percentage of 13.9, which was good for fourth-best in the league.”

Clearly, Bosa was a dominant force for the San Francisco front four, and Douglas and Saleh likely have a similar role in mind for Carl Lawson.

The former Auburn Tiger recorded a whopping 32 QB hits this year, along with two forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, and a very solid 76.3 PFF grade.

While the sack numbers have not been there for Lawson, it's only a matter of time until he hits double digits. With the excellent pressure that he routinely puts on QBs, his luck is bound to turn.

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