Jets round out pass-rush depth with journeyman linebacker

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Despite the ongoing holdout of key pass rusher Haason Reddick, who is seeking a new contract, the New York Jets continue to maintain one of the most formidable defensive lines in the NFL. With Quinnen Williams, Jermaine Johnson, and Will McDonald all set to play significant roles in the 2024 season, the team’s defensive prowess looks promising.

Jets Bolster Defensive Line Despite Reddick’s Holdout

Adding to their depth, the Jets recently signed Tack McKinley to a veteran minimum deal. McKinley, who began his career with the Atlanta Falcons, played an integral role during his first season there. He subsequently recorded 320 snaps with Cleveland in 2021 and only 18 with Los Angeles in 2022.

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McKinley’s Challenge to Secure a Roster Spot

Unfortunately, McKinley has not started a game in three years, and at 28 years old, he faces a tough challenge to secure a spot on the Jets’ roster. His situation is indicative of a typical training camp signing, where the team holds minimal financial commitment, allowing them the flexibility to cut ties if necessary and allocate funds to other potential roster needs.

Despite these obstacles, McKinley’s career statistics—98 tackles and 20 sacks—demonstrate his capability. However, he now confronts the formidable task of competing for a place on the 53-man roster.

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