Jets head coach Adam Gase wanted one player bad during this year's free agency period, and Gang Green delivered.
Linebacker CJ Mosley couldn't say no to the Jets' very generous five-year, $85 million deal with $51 million guaranteed. And Gase couldn't be any happier to have the "culture-changer" on his defense this season.
Mosley has been on hand at Jets OTAs to become accustomed to new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' defensive schemes, and he took the time to talk to SNY's Jeane Coakley about how well these voluntary practice sessions have been going to get him used to his new team.
"It's been fun," he said. "Instead of going out practicing on barrels and looking at coaches, we actually get to compete, run around and make plays. That's when you definitely build a relationship with your teammates, whether it's the offense when you're talking back and forth to each other, or bonding when your DBs make a big play -- interception and run it back. So all the little things matter at this time when we're trying to build our foundation as a team.
"All the communication, all the guys making plays, smiling, running to the ball. Seeing a big man get back there and make our fake sacks. All of this just builds the character for our team, especially for our defense."
He may be the new guy in the locker room, but the four-time Pro Bowler is already lining himself up to be a defensive captain as he calls out the plays for the defense during these OTAs. The other captain would be S Jamal Adams, who has solidified himself as a leader in just two full seasons with New York.
And that won't change even with another alpha defender in the building. Mosley explained how he and Adams are building their chemistry early on to make sure both of their leadership qualities can flourish together.
"It's going to be great," Mosley said of playing alongside Adams. "As long as the leaders -- or the top players -- stay on the same page and communicate with each other, everything's going to be fine. I let him do all the talking he wants to do because I'm only going to talk when I have to, and I do most of my talking on the field making the calls."
When Mosley arrived at OTAs, though, he did have a familiar face in the building.
His brother, Alabama LB Jamey Mosley, signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent. As a good big brother would, CJ has been mentoring Jamey as he transitions to the NFL. There is no guarantee that he makes the team, especially going undrafted, but CJ has been working with him when he needs the help to give him that edge early this summer.
"It's awesome. Just kinda watching him from afar," CJ said about working with his brother. "You know, [I] don't want to do too much or too little. But pretty much knowing when he needs some help or needs to watch some film, I'm always there."