Predictions for the 2019 New York Jets defense. (Here is last week’s edition for the offense)
1 – Quinnen Williams: 70 tackles, 8 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, 78% of the defensive snaps played
A strong debut season for the rookie who will ramp up his playing time down the stretch. This season is not too far off what the Jets got from Sheldon Richardson during his Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign in 2013. Williams is still young and developing and there is no reason he can’t be hovering around 10 sacks by year two.
2 – Jachai Polite: 26 tackles, 5 TFLs, 4.0 sacks, 49% of the defensive snaps playedSimilar to Williams, Polite will see his playing time increase as the season goes further along. It would not be surprising to see him have a quiet start to the season (maybe even including an inactive game or two) but ultimately end the year as the team’s most consistent edge rusher.
3 – Blake Cashman: 19 tackles, 1 TFL, 1.0 sack, 11% of the defensive snaps played, 75% of the special teams snaps played
Cashman will not have much of an impact on the Jets defense as a rookie but be a steady special teams player. He won’t show enough for the team to believe they can transition Avery Williamson’s role to him for the 2020 defense.
4 – Blessaun Austin: 0 active games. Practice squad/IR listAustin will not see the field in his rookie year but the Jets will keep him around on either the practice squad or the IR list. 2020 training camp will be make or break for him as a rostered player.
5 – Henry Anderson: 5.0 sacks, 11 TFLs 51% of the defensive snaps played
Anderson doesn’t match his outlier 2018 season but still gives the Jets a solid, productive season while missing slightly more time than he did last year. The presence of Quinnen Williams also means he’ll play less overall reps.
6 – Leonard Williams: 43 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 12 TFLs, 74% of the defensive snaps played
A good, not great contract season from Williams. Depending on how the season goes and how the rest of the roster breaks will determine whether the Jets want to make a massive investment in him long term.
7 – CJ Mosley: 101 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5 TFLs, 93% of the defensive snaps played
Mosley continues to be the player he always was in Baltimore and is the best inside linebacker the Jets have had since prime David Harris.
8 – Avery Williamson: 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 6 TFLs, 88% of the defensive snaps played
A comparable season to his 2018 campaign, Williamson is a steady, competent running mate for Mosley but is periodically taking advantage of in the passing game.
9 – Jordan Jenkins: 32 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 TFLs, 55% of the defensive snaps played
A minor step back from a career year in 2018 but Jenkins remains the Jets most consistent edge player while Polite develops throughout his rookie year.
10 – Marcus Maye: 60 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defenses, 1 forced fumble, 76% of the defensive snaps played
Maye misses 3-4 games throughout the season but when he’s out there is around the player he was throughout 2017.
11 – Jamal Adams: 118 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 8 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles, 99% of the defensive snaps played
Another All-Pro caliber season Adams, who is first team this time around instead of second team.
12 – Trumaine Johnson: 47 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defensed, 75% of the defensive snaps played
Johnson misses a few games but is okay when out there as the Jets most consistent corner in a weak overall group.