After a mediocre rookie season in 2016, Jets LB Darron Lee showed improvement in 2017. However, he was looking for more this season as he enters his third year, which many look at as the breakout year.
One aspect of his game that he wanted to improve on was turnovers, more specifically hauling in his first career interception.
"I've got to get some picks," Lee told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "That's going to be my main focus this year. I definitely had a way better second year. I think I've used those first two years to just absorb what I could do better. Now, I can really, really hone in."
Well, Lee can chalk that milestone off his list after Monday night's rout of the Lions, as he collected two interceptions with one going for a pick-six. Tally on seven combined tackles and three pass defenses, and Lee came out as Pro Football Focus' highest-graded defensive player in Week 1.
#Jets linebacker Darron Lee was the highest graded defensive player in the NFL this week. His 94.5 defense grade ranked first among 469 players!- PFF NY Jets (@PFF_Jets) September 11, 2018
Lee led a Jets defense that had a total five interceptions, four of which came against Pro Bowl QB Matt Stafford. The Ohio State product said after the game that their preparation and film study tipped them off to the Lions' formations, which set up a big defensive game.
"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line," Lee told ESPN's Rich Cimini.
"We knew his signals. We knew everything. That's just preparation as a defense. ...It seemed like we were in his head as a defense."
This was the perfect start to Lee's 2018 campaign, one that he hopes has Pro Bowl and All-Pro written all over it.
"Absolutely trying to make the Pro Bowl, and have a hell of a year, be All-Pro," Lee he said. "I'm not trying to be just some regular linebacker here. I'm trying to be the best, one of the best. That's why I'm here."