NY Jets Position Group No. 7 - Linebackers
This is a group that can absolutely jump into the top five with a stellar year. They are absolutely primed to do so as well. For now, the linebacking corps remains this low for one reason — injuries.
C.J. Mosley was changing the entire Jets defense in 2019 before he went down with injury. He has yet to play an entire game for the team.
Blake Cashman has shown promise as well, but he too caught the injury bug, limiting his playing time and development in the process.
Free agent singing Jarrad Davis could also take the next step in his development, as the former first rounder has seemingly yet to reach his full potential.
The promise is there for this group to excel, especially in Saleh's new defensive scheme. They aren't alone in showing some promise for the future.
The Jets drafted Florida State's Hamsah Nasirildeen in the sixth-round of this year's draft. Some believed that the team found themselves a gem of a player late in the draft, who likely could attribute his late-round slide because of medical issues.
However, Nasirildeen has been impressing coaches in training camp, like most of the young talent on the team. He has already seen time in camp playing with the first-team defense, meaning that he is certainly living up to his own title of being a "first-round talent."
Much like the cornerback room, the Jets linebacking squad could be primed to make a massive jump. The team would always benefit from players taking the next step in their development.
The Jets are in a bit of a unique situation. They are well aware of the talent they have at linebacker, and might even have one of the best players in the league on their team.
It's all just a matter of staying healthy.