New York Jets: Examining C.J. Mosley’s Role This Season

New York Jets, CJ Mosley

How will C.J. Mosely influence the New York Jets defense in 2019?

C.J. Mosley was always a guy I admired from afar. Then even this past offseason when the Ravens let him walk it seemed destined he would be back in a Raven uniform but ultimately he made the best long term decision and joined the Jets. Mosley has consistently been a top 5 linebacker in the NFL over the past few years.

Now, how will he fit in with Gang Green?

The 4-time pro bowler has been a dominant and reliable leader for the Baltimore Ravens defense since being drafted in 2014. Since then, Mosley has only missed 3 games and has had 4 out of 5 years with over 100+ tackles.

Mosley can be a threat in coverage as well but overall can be the kind of player to cover sideline to sideline and be a tackling machine. He’s ideally going to join Jamal Adams and work as the two captains of the Jets defense. 

As for the linebacking core as a whole, some questioned the addition of Mosley initially having seen the success of Darron Lee and Avery Willamson, but when Lee was suspended for the remainder of the season for PEDs it became apparent that his lackluster performance in the past wouldn’t cut it anymore so the Jets added Mosley and traded Lee.

The Jets now have a phenomenal duo up the middle in Mosley and Willamson. They have some edge-rushing and outside linebacker depth in Jordan Jenkins, Brandon Copeland and Jachai Polite.

They have undrafted standout Frankie Luvu, veteran Neville Hewitt and rookie Blake Cashman. The Jets have good depth with high potential and with Mosley leading the charge, not only did the Jets upgrade with him as their new lead linebacker they also gained a leader who will be essential to the Jets success.