Note: This article was written by Jason (from nyjetscap.com).

It has become almost an annual tradition for fans and draft gurus alike to rave about the steals each team finds in the middle of the NFL draft; those players that somehow slipped through the cracks and are going to be starters and pro bowlers for their respective teams. It is also an annual tradition for those same fans to end up disappointed when reality sets in and they realize that there was a reason the player was not drafted in the first round.

Sometimes, however, special players come along that really do slip through the cracks and fulfil those dreams of every fan of the team. Jets fans have to look no further than former Tight End Mickey Shuler to find that special player that rewrote the history books at his respective position.

Shuler, a 3rd round draft pick out of Penn State, is arguably the greatest third round pick in the history of the Jets organization, and the best offensive talent the team ever selected in that round. He was the type of player that was easy for the fans to embrace. Fans love to cheer for the player that might not be the most physically gifted athlete but gives 110% each and every week for the team, and nobody gave any more than Mickey Shuler gave the New York Jets. The fans watched Shuler grow from a part time player into a star who became one of the endearing names synonymous with eighties Jets football.

Shuler's journey began in 1978 when he was expected to be the blocking complement to starter Jerome Barkum, more of a receiver than blocker. Shuler's first action came in week 1 against the hated Miami Dolphins. His first catch as a pro came in the second quarter of that game--- a 1 yard touchdown pass from QB Richard Todd, his first of 3 scores as a rookie.

Though Shuler was used sparingly in the passing game, he was gaining the attention of then offensive coordinator Joe Walton for his all around ability to play the position. In 1979, with Barkum forced to the sidelines, Shuler began to show off his potential as a receiver, snagging 189 yards at 21 yards per reception over a 4 game stretch. Shuler was slowly becoming the type of player that every winning team desires.

Shuler’s role continued to grow in the offense and was becoming the preferred option at Tight End in 1980. Head Coach Walt Michaels considered Shuler one of his offensive centerpieces and thought that he, along with WR's Wesley Walker and Lam Jones, would make the Jets "just about unstoppable in the air".

While Jones proved to be a bust, Shuler set a career high with 22 receptions. Shuler was about to make that leap to the next level before a separated shoulder suffered in a preseason game saw him miss almost the entire 1981 season. He returned for a memorable playoff performance where he hauled in 116 yards in a furious attempt at a comeback against the Buffalo Bills that fell just short in the final seconds of the game.

By 1984 Shuler had become one of the best players at the position in the entire NFL. Shuler shattered team records and led the Jets in receptions and yards in 1984 and 1985, while maintaining his status as an excellent blocker on the line. He was credited with a reception in 86 consecutive games during the mid eighties and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1988. Perhaps his greatest game came in a 62-28 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he hauled in 3 touchdowns from starter Ken O'Brien. During that special 5 year stretch, Shuler caught 326 passes for 3,575 yards and scored 25 touchdowns, numbers that would have been even higher if not for the strike shortened 1987 season.

Shuler’s contributions to the team went well beyond the field of play. His work ethic was unparalleled at the time. Shuler was one of the first players to understand how the NFL was evolving into a much more complex game and was a firm believer in using video to prepare for his opponents, taking tapes home at night for study sessions. In an era where the off season was nothing like it is today, with most players completely abandoning football for months, Shuler was one of the most dedicated players, often showing up at the facilities by 7AM before heading off to his offseason job. His incredible efforts were summed up by former offensive coordinator Rich Kotitie in 1988:

He'd come in and do some work, talk to me, and then go over to the company he owns and put in a full day. If you have something you want to criticize him about, you start to say it and before you finish he says: "I know. I should have done this."


Shuler was one of the unquestioned leaders of the Jets in the mid 1980’s and one of the few players that seemed to always say the right things week in and week out. He constantly fielded questions from the media during both the good times and bad, often finding himself in the middle of some very tenuous situations. Always a strong supporter of a young O'Brien and constantly praising him in the media, Shuler was the man who showed that the team still believed in Kenny, but also understood why he was benched by Walton, who was now head coach.

This is a team with a lot of players who pull together and we all realize this is our last chance… Pat's (Ryan) personality may be just what we need… "He's a gung-ho, go-get-'em guy who has charisma. If we need to give Kenny a rest, I can't think of a better guy to bring in


It was as good a job as could be expected and by the next summer, while O'Brien held out for a new contract, Shuler was helping O'Brien keep in shape by catching passes from him. Shuler was a team leader that wanted to win and he understood that meant going that extra mile to help your teammates.

Even bigger was his role in bringing unity back to the team after a very bitter players strike in 1987 that saw numerous Jets and friends of his cross the picket line. The 1987 team ended the season hating one another and their coaching staff. Shuler took the high road and took it upon himself to remain in constant communication with Walton and with every player on the team to get them all on the same page. It was that extra effort that helped him earn his spot as a team captain in 1988.

Shuler embraced that role as a leader and tried to demand excellence from his teammates. He did his best to convey the importance of every practice, every game, and every coach to the players, both young and old alike. It was in 1988, while watching the Redskins play the Broncos in the Super Bowl that Shuler realized these teams were not much better than the Jets, but that they were more confident and worked harder. He felt that he had to stand up in front of his team that spring and make them know that the way they played the previous season was unacceptable, telling them getting to that next level was "about paying the price, about playing for 60 minutes". He explained to the young players about how hard it was to be successful in the NFL and how they will deal with adversity they never encountered before.

Shuler did not just talk the talk, but walked the walk that year. Shuler’s year was filled with highlights that included a 152 yard game against the Kansas City Chiefs and a 91 yard, 2 touchdown performance that helped spoil Dan Marino’s 5 touchdown passes. He was determined to lead by example and did just that, earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl and leading all Tight Ends in receptions.

While the Jets did not make the playoffs that year, it was the first year in a long time where the Jets, notorious quitters, did not pack it in and give up in December. The team finished 3-1 down the stretch to end the year with a winning record and defeated the New York Giants in the season finale, knocking the favored Giants out of the playoffs.

Unfortunately the team was unable to capitalize on the momentum and the wheels fell off in 1989. Shuler's season was derailed by multiple injuries, including a broken hand, which allowed him to play in only 7 games.

With Bruce Coslet brought in as head coach in 1990, changes were made and late in the summer Shuler was released by the Jets. Shuler would go on to finish his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, never realizing his dream of playing in the Super Bowl, which he would state was the only regret he ever had in his playing career.

Since parting ways with number 82, the Jets have tried time and time again to find the next Mickey Shuler, drafting 10 Tights Ends, including four in the first round. None have been able to duplicate the heart and skill of that soft-spoken 3rd round draft pick.

Despite missing out on his Super Bowl dream there should be no regret for the great Jets Tight End. Mickey Shuler’s career stands head and shoulders above the rest. He remains one of the most cherished and decorated Jets in the history of the organization, having more receptions and yards than any other Tight End in franchise history, ranking 5th all time in receptions, and being named a member of the Jets All Time Team. He is the standard by which all future Jets Tight Ends will be judged and universally recognized as the greatest Jets Tight End in their 40 plus years of history.

The readers of The Jets Blog are proud to recognize Mickey Shuler’s contributions to the New York Jets and add to his accolades by forever enshrining him in the TJB Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Mickey!
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Darron Lee had his ups and downs after being the Jets' first round pick last season, but the team seems compelled to proceed with the plan to build around him as one of the cornerstones of the defense. Entering his first season, everyone knew that Lee was a terrific athlete, but he still had to prove he had the instincts to play inside linebacker in a pro-style defense.

Preseason Stats: Four games, no starts, seven tackles, one sack

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the NFL is still reviewing an incident invovling Jets' LB Darron Lee and DE Leonard Williams from early June, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

The incident occured at Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in June where Lee had to be restrained by Williams after getting into an argument with a woman. An eye witness video showed Williams getting in between his teammate, and eventually, carrying him away from the argument.

Jets' head coach Todd Bowles later indentified the woman as Lee's girlfriend, and noted that the team will not be disciplining the linebacker. However, he thinks he needs to take caution in the future. 

"You don't want that stuff to happen, obviously," Bowles said earlier on the situation. "With social media going on these days, they've got to take better care of themselves. Darron understands that. I just know, from the past, any time you go to a concert, there's going to be trouble around, just as an ex-player and as a coach. When you go to a concert, a lot of things can happen. You have to be very mindful and very aware of where you are, and your surroundings -- and handle yourself better and keep yourself out of trouble."

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
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New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)

Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Dexter McDougle, Jalin Marshall, Juston Burris, Loc Edwards, Nick Folk, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Rontez Miles, Tanner Purdum
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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking with the New York Post, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said he would not be surprised if the Jets have another struggling, losing season in 2017. 

"It's hard to argue [with] that," Enunwa said, "when everybody else sees all the stuff that's going on."

This offseason, the Jets have cut ties with many players, including receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Despite the possibility of another tough year ahead, Enunwa believes the players will still play hard when the season begins. 

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Former Jets QB Chad Pennington believes head coach Todd Bowles deserves the chance to turn the team around, per Brett Bonder of NY Daily News. 

If the Jets are to tank this sesaon, Pennington doesn't think it will be fair to put the blame on Bowles as he thinks he is the right guy for the job.

"My one hope for the Jets is that they give coach Bowles a chance to right the ship, don't pull everything away from him and then make him the reason why they're getting rid of him because of the lack of success," Pennington said. "He is the right guy, I think he showed that in his first year, last year wan an anomaly and this year you can see, wow, what a task he has."

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(David Butler II)

Former Jets WR Brandon Marshall said he requested his release because he couldn't deal with the Jets not having a chance this season, per ESPN's Eric Cimini. 

Marshall was on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show Thursday where he admitted his former team wasn't going to have a good 2017 season, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

"I wouldn't have made it through an entire season, knowing we didn't have a chance," Marshall said. 

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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

USC QB Sam Darnold said last week's report that he might remain in school instead of entering the 2018 NFL Draft did not come from him, but remained vague about his future.

"I don't really have many thoughts about that," the potential No. 1 pick said during an appearance on ESPN's "The Fix". "I don't think any team should tank their season because of me. I'm just taking this every day, one day at a time. That's all I can do."

"I'm looking forward to whatever lies ahead of my future," he said. "But I'm really just taking it one day at a time."

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After a solid rookie season, Jordan Jenkins is hoping to thrive in a full-time role in 2017. The 23-year old has spent part of his offseason back in Georgia, working on his pass rush techniques with pass rush guru Chuck Smith.

Preseason Stats: Two games, two starts, four tackles, no sacks, two quarterback hits.

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Projected Starters: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye

Projected Back-ups: Rontez Miles

On the bubble: Shamarko Thomas, Ronald Martin, Doug Middleton, Corey White

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Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh took to Twitter to take some playful jabs at the Jets and their fans, but not before Jets defensive Muhammad Wilkerson chimed in.

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The New York Jets' plan to build a helicopter landing pad at their New Jersey training facility has drawn objections from some who question the need since an airport is just a couple of miles away.

The borough of Madison has lodged objections to the Jets' application, NJ.com reported. The borough says that there's "no demand" for a helipad so close to the Morristown Airport.

"Any purported public benefit from the availability of a helistop for emergency uses is illusive," officials wrote. The borough also argued that the pad could introduce a safety risk.

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Projected Starters: Wesley Johnson, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Ben Ijalana, Kelvin Beachum

Projected Back-ups: Brandon Shell, Dakota Dozier, Brent Qvale

On the bubble: Jeff Adams, Ben Braden, Chris Bordelon, Javarius Leamon, Craig Watts, Alex Balducci, Jonotthan Harrison

Departures: Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady

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Coming out of South Carolina, Brandon Shell's size and athleticism stood out, but he also impressed with his technique in pass-protection and his discipline. He posted outstanding pass-protection numbers against some good teams and when matched up with pro prospects. That bodes well for his ability to be successful at the NFL level, although he's not the type of tackle you'd typically leave out on an island.

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, one sack surrendered.

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New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine

Projected backups: Juston Burris, Marcus Williams, Darryl Roberts, Jeremy Clark,

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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Projected backups: Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett

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(Ed Mulholland)

Jets' first round pick, S Jamal Adams, has already impressed his new teammates, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. 

The Jets were exuberant when Adams fell to their No. 6 slot in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was the player the wanted most. Participating at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Adams has shown his teammates, like CB Morris Claiborne, why the front office was so high on him.

"The things he has done so far?" Claiborne said. "He's unbelievable...He's been out here playing lights out. Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He's having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He's having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that's football." 

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Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

The Jets are interested in signing former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr, according to the New York Post.

The 25-year-old retired during the off-season due to neck and spine problems, but he is now trying to revive his career to after receiving positive news from his doctor.

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Fourth round pick Juston Burris has received plenty of buzz this offseason. He's been receiving lots of first-team reps and is reportedly in the mix to start alongside Morris Claiborne. However, what does his rookie season tell us about his chances and where he needs to develop to increase his role?

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, five tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

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The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

The 25-year-old has shown spurts of potential in two seasons with the Jets, but his 2.5 sacks last season isn't the production they had expected. Greene intends to change that, and he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater why he uses this specific approach to his coaching. 

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They'rea ll athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic." 

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A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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