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.