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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New York Jets: Week 5 Offensive Review

Dan Essien with a statistical review of the Jets week 5 matchup against the Cardinals

The Jets offense is terrible. This season, this offensive review segment takes a deeper look at how dysfunctional this offense is from week to week. We’ll analyze offensive efficiency, play-calling, and other data points. I’ll also be marking improvements or regressions against the season average for certain stats. Next up is the Jets week 5 matchup against Arizona.

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New York Jets: Week 4 Offensive Review

Dan Essien with a statistical review of the Jets week 4 matchup against the Broncos

The Jets offense needs to be under the microscope. This season, this offensive review segment will take a deeper look at how functional this offense is from week to week. We’ll analyze offensive efficiency, play-calling, personnel, and other data points. This will also help us take a deeper look at where Sam Darnold succeeds and where he struggles. I’ll also be marking improvements or regressions against the season average for certain stats. Next up is the Jets week 4 matchup against the Broncos.

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New York Jets: Week 3 Offensive Review

Dan Essien with a statistical review of the Jets week 3 matchup against Indianapolis

The Jets offense needs to be under the microscope. This season, this offensive review segment will take a deeper look at how functional this offense is from week to week. We’ll analyze offensive efficiency, play-calling, personnel, and other data points. This will also help us take a deeper look at where Sam Darnold succeeds and where he struggles. I’ll also be marking improvements or regressions against the season average for certain stats. Today let’s go through week 3 against the Colts.

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New York Jets: Week 2 Offensive Review

Dan Essien with a statistical review of the Jets week 2 performance against San Francisco

The Jets offense needs to be under the microscope. This season, this offensive review segment will take a deeper look at how functional this offense is from week to week. We’ll analyze offensive efficiency, play-calling, personnel, and other data points. This will also help us take a deeper look at where Sam Darnold succeeds and where he struggles. I’ll also be marking improvements or regressions against the season average for certain stats. Today let’s go through week 2 vs. San Francisco.

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New York Jets: Week 1 Offensive Review

Dan Essien with a statistical review of the Jets week 1 performance against Buffalo

The Jets offense needs to be under the microscope. This season, this offensive review segment will take a deeper look at how functional this offense is from week to week. We’ll analyze offensive efficiency, play-calling, personnel, and other data points. This will also help us take a deeper look at where Sam Darnold succeeds and where he struggles. First up is week 1 vs. Buffalo.

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