Thursday, May 5, 2016

Jets look forward to seeing Darron Lee in "Mo" role

The New York Jets' linebacker corps has undergone a rather significant transformation in the last year.

Among changes at both outside linebacker, inside linebacker and in the depth positions, Gang Green added the speedy, versatile Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee in the first round of this year's draft.

According to coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan, Lee will assume an inside linebacker role, likely the "Mo" position previously held by the departed Demario Davis.

Bowles told he'll probably start behind Erin Henderson and will be worked in. "And as it gets going and as he learns the system," Bowles said,  "he’ll probably end up being a three-down 'backer."

In the Jets’ defense, David Harris will continue to patrol the middle of the field at the Mike position and take on the play at the line of scrimmage. The "Mo" backer will be allowed room to roam, make plays sideline—to—sideline and be asked to cover more. 
"We felt very fortunate that Lee fell to us in the first round. He was a player we liked quite a bit, he fits what we’re trying to do," Maccagnan said. "I know there was some talk about that initially, but we are a very big and strong and powerful defense. We’re trying to become a little bit more athletic and to complement that aspect of it. And Lee will be a good addition in that role, at the ‘Mo’ linebacker."