Instead of sulking over his suspension last week, Jets LB Darron Lee used his time to view the game from a new perspective.
Lee was suspended by head coach Todd Bowles after Lee arrived late to the team's walk-through last Saturday. The second-year pro hadn't missed a practice before the punishment, but either way, he has learned from his first suspension of his career.
"Yeah, we won, man," Lee told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There ain't nothing to be down about. I mean, who cares? This ain't about me. It's about the team."
Bowles allowed Lee to sit on the sidelines during the game, and the linebacker used that time to learn how teams decide to attack the defense from his new view.
"The side view, it helped me to be able to judge what teams are going to do when we get to certain parts of the field," Lee said. "You know how as you're moving up and down the sideline [while watching from there]. I guess that helped me, just seeing how teams attack us when we get to a certain yard line.
"That's something for sure I definitely picked up on. Definitely seeing it now [from that perspective] just helps me put a good mental picture on it for me, for future reference. I guess from that perspective, it was a good little learning lesson for sure."
Lee will be back in his starting role on Sunday against the Broncos, and he made it known that it is "just a regular week for me" instead of a redemption game. But he did admit that tardiness won't be an issue for him from now on.
"It's not an issue or nothing," he said. "It's just, hey, made a mistake, the team won the game, and let's play Denver."
In his sophomore season, Lee has tallied 73 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and three passes defended.