Here are three players to keep an eye on when training camp kicks off for the New York Jets in 2016…
Defense – Lorenzo Mauldin OLBCoach Bowles has publicly said he expects a lot of the second year player who landed at the Jets via the third round after a strong four years at Louisville and a promising rookie campaign in 2015.
As a situational player, Mauldin picked up four sacks and played a major role in the Jets run defense which last season topped the league in yards allowed per game., He has all the tools when it comes to the position. Mauldin is a phenomenal athlete for a 6’4 250 pound linebacker, with a strong first step.
The off-season goal for Mauldin has been improving mentally as a young player by getting more and more acquainted to Coach Kacy Rodgers’ defense by knowing when to drop and when to blitz and read screens. The Jets need him to be a complete player in 2016 as a full time player.
Offense – Quincy Enunwa H Back
Quincy Enunwa is a hybrid who can play H Back, receiver, slot or traditional TE. He was efficient last season with 22 catches for 315 yards and great helping out the struggling TEs as a blocker in the run game.
Chan Gailey is a massive fan of the H Back position. We began to see Enunwa’s potential down the stretch last season. In 2016 he should see more snaps based purely on his blocking ability and play action targets and works in combination with Jace Amaro.
Special Teams – Lac Edwards P
During Lac’s three seasons at SHSU he had a fantastic career in terms both yards per punt (42.8) as well as having over 38% of his punts inside the 20. He will need to battle it out with UDFA Tom Hackett but has an early leg up since the Jets prioritized him back in April. Edwards won’t have a tall task in replacing the wildly ineffective Ryan Quigley.
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