New York Jets Defensive Line Must Excel Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Nick Mamary
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It seems cliché due to repletion, but any successful defense is one that creates pressure. If an opposing quarterback gets too much time in the pocket, they will typically generate big numbers.

For several years, the New York Jets had trouble pressuring their opposition. Despite their Rex Ryan‘s reputation as defensive guru, New York continued in their struggles. Ryan’s schemes focus on designing creative blitzes. This helps compensate for the Jets’ lack of a natural pass rusher.

Pressing the opposing QB will be vital immediately. During their opening game, Gang Green encounters the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Starting quarterback Josh Freeman threw 27 touchdowns last season, but also accounted for 17 interceptions. Freeman posses a strong arm, and the Bucs have always waited for him to develop.

There were times where it seemed he was on the verge of becoming what they thought he could be when he was selected 17th overall in 2009’s Draft.

The Jets have potential to create pressure and get sacks. Quinton Coples will switch between defensive end and outside linebacker. This should put uncertainty in Freeman’s mind. Muhammad Wilkerson also appears ready to erupt as a pass rushing threat. Rookie Sheldon Richardson can clog up running lanes and get after a passer. Freeman is capable of doing damage, so the Jets will want to make his job difficult.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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