As the pandemic develops, the entire league has faced a string of players opting out. Players of all talent capabilities have pulled out and now the Jets have faced a MAJOR blow. The first Jet has fallen in terms of opt outs.
As Mosley prepped to return following his injury riddled campaign last season, COVID has thrown a wrench in that plan. The Jets must now do something that the rest of the sports world, and the world as a whole has had to do, adjust.
C.J. Mosley was a big money signing for the Jets. He was expected to be the quarterback of the defense and bring an All Pro presence to the young defense. In his debut game, he was the glue holding the defense together, until he wasn’t.
Last season, the Jets were forced to pivot quickly and adapt after Mosley’s injury. Guys like James Burgess, Neville Hewitt and Blake Cashman has to rake in expanded roles immediately. All three flourished, and that was without Avery Willamson, the Jets standout backer under Todd Bowles in the 2018-19 season. Willamson, who was a rumored cap causality, will now take on the role of lead backer, and it’s all the more important this season. Without Jamal Adams the Jets will be forced to develop more of a presence in the box that Adams compensated for. Patrick Onwuasor will be counted on to be a rotational presence and try to fill, at least slightly, some of the inside the box presence the Jets has with Adams and (presumably) Mosley.
It’s time to adapt for Gang Green, and now it’s a matter of who will step up.