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

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The Jets 2021 defensive line will be tough to handle for opposing offensive lines. 

With Rankins and Williams applying pressure from the middle and Lawson and Curry rushing from the edge, offensive lines will struggle to keep their quarterback upright.

In terms of style and production, the current defensive line does bear similarities to the dominant 2018 49ers defensive line.

Lawson and Rankins bring potential star-power that the Jets have lacked in their pass rush for some time, outside of Williams. 

There are, however, key differences — above all, the Jets are missing that second edge rusher that the 49ers had in Dee Ford. Also, Gang Green does not quite have a player who is both versatile and dominant like Armstead. 

Still, with head coach Robert Saleh, the brain behind that record-breaking ’19 49ers defense, who knows what kind of production we could see from this defensive line?

Ultimately, Douglas spent this offseason trying to bring something back to the organization that has been missing for way too long — a productive pass rush that can attack from different angles with both stars and depth.

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And as the current depth chart stands, it looks like he may have succeeded.