TOJ’s In The Trenches: New York Jets Defensive Line Review, Week Five

In our weekly In The Trenches series we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and discusses the overall performance of the unit so far and how they project the rest of the season.

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TOJ’s In The Trenches: New York Jets Defensive Line Review, Week Four

In our weekly In The Trenches series we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 4 win over the Tennessee Titans and previews the week 5 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

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TOJ’s In The Trenches: New York Jets Defensive Line Review, Week Three

In our weekly In The Trenches series we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 3 loss to the Broncos and previews the week 4 matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

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TOJ’s In The Trenches: New York Jets Defensive Line Review, Week Two

Dan Essien gives a week 3 preview of the Jets’ defensive line.

In our weekly In The Trenches series we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 2 loss to the Patriots and previews the week 3 matchup with the Denver Broncos.

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TOJ’s In The Trenches: New York Jets Defensive Line Review, Week One

In our weekly In The Trenches series we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 1 loss to the Panthers. We’ll also preview the unit’s matchup with the Patriots in week 2.

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Jets Positional Preview: Defensive Line

Dan Essien previews the Jets’ defensive line ahead of this week’s season opener.

The Jets defensive line is the strongest position group on the team. Even after the season-ending injuries to Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry they remain the most likely to succeed. Let’s preview the Jets defensive line and project their performance this season.

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Jets Defense: D-Line Domination

Dan Essien previews the Jets new defensive line and what they can achieve this season and beyond.

The Jets have much to look forward to after a multitude of changes this offseason. One of the more important units will be their defensive line. They could be the difference between winning and losing at critical points this season. Let’s take a look at how the Jets improved defensive front can work together and make an impact when it matters.

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UDFA Spotlight: Hamilcar Rashed

Dan Essien profiles UDFA EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr. from Oregon State.

The Jets signed EDGE Hamilcar Rashed in undrafted free agency following the 2021 NFL Draft. Rashed joins a completely revamped position group under new head coach Robert Saleh, as the Jets attempt to revive a long-time weak spot with their pass rush.

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Diversifying The Pass Rush

Dan Essien with a quick follow-up on an old take about how to assemble a great pass rush.

Two years ago I wrote about the importance of variety along the defensive line particularly when it comes to establishing a consistent and effectiveness pass rush. Several teams have exemplified the value of this approach since then. I’m bringing it back partly to explore new examples for further emphasis. I’m also revisiting this topic because Robert Saleh and the new regime will value edge pressure more than the previous one did. FINALLY.

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New York Jets – Becoming The Franchise QB

Dan Essien discusses what traits it takes to become the Jets franchise quarterback…

It’s been hard for fans to watch as Sam Darnold has suffered through his time with the New York Jets. It’s been a mixture of misfortune, poor decisions, and most of all a complete lack of support and stability from coaching to the front office. But there are certain elements to becoming the kind of quarterback that can turn a franchise like the Jets into a contender that are worth examining. Let’s go beyond the stats and tape to look at what it’s going to take for anyone to be a franchise quarterback for the New York Jets.

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