Jets linebackers Jordan Jenkins and Darron Lee are among the young Jets defenders getting recognition this season for stellar play.
Rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye may get more of a spotlight than Lee and Jenkins, but on Thursday night against the Bills, it was the linebackers who put on a show. Jenkins finished with two sacks and a forced fumble while Lee had a sack and eight tackles with three coming for a loss.
Jenkins, who came out of Georgia last season, finally had the breakout night he was looking for as he not only recorded his first sack of the season, but two with a strip sack that sealed the game late in the fourth quarter. The 23-year-old was part of the reason why many should be scared of the Jets' defense going forward.
"We proved that we cold be a premier defense in the league if we keep consistency and keep doing what we did," Jenkins told The Post. "We can be dominant if we want to."
Lee, the Jets first-rounder in the 2016 NFL Draft, didn't impress in his rookie season as he looked to need time to grow. However, he has proved the critics wrong this season with stellar play the past few weeks after a slow start. Head coach Todd Bowles admires his work ethic, and determination to get better.
"It's a credit to him working hard," Bowles said. "He had two blunders early in the season, but he wasn't playing bad. He studies hard, he's determined to be a good player and he puts in the work. He puts in a lot of work. I'm proud of the way he's playing."
Lee now has 18 combined tackles and two sacks on the season while Jenkins has eight tackles and two sacks.