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With Dawson Knox and Dalton Kincaid in Buffalo, and a nice combo in New England – Mike Gesicki and Hunter Henry – it’s essential that the Jets step up their tight-end coverage this year.

They need more in coverage from linebacker Quincy Williams.

In 15 games last year, Williams had one pass defensed and no picks. One pass defensed for a linebacker with sub-4.6 speed, who is in coverage a lot, isn’t ideal. This guy has great wheels. He should get his hands on more footballs. He’d be the first to admit it.

The x-factor in the linebacker room is Jamien Sherwood

Sherwood was a college safety at Auburn, who the Jets picked in the 2021 draft, and converted to linebacker.

He was rushed into action as a rookie due to linebacker injuries, and struggled a little, and ended up tearing his Achilles at New England ending his season.

Last year, he played in all 17 games, mainly on special teams.

Entering year three of the move to linebacker, he’s now very comfortable at his new position.

“I’m at a way better point than I was [in 2021],” Sherwood told Jets Confidential at the end of last season. “I can read stuff faster. I can play faster. I can problem-solve. The transition for me, I’m at a very good spot.”

Nobody ever wants to blow out their Achilles. It’s a brutal injury. However, that time on the sideline helped Sherwood’s maturation process at linebacker.

“Getting hurt and sidelined [in 2021], that really benefitted me a lot,” Sherwood said. “I learned so much from watching and learning. I’ve got a better understanding.”

So if you are looking for a player to emerge at linebacker, and help the Jets in coverage, it could be the Jensen Beach, FL native, who is now comfortable in his linebacker skin.

Aside from being a former safety, who covered a lot in college, Sherwood’s wingspan should also help him deal with tall tight ends. The linebacker has 34’’ arms, which could help him effectively battle tight ends on 50-50 balls.


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