Jarrad Davis out as injuries continue ravaging Robert Saleh’s Jets defense
#Jets coach Robert Saleh tells reporters that LB Jarrad Davis will be out until about the bye in Week 6 with an ankle injury. Along with pass-rusher Carl Lawson, that’s two of NYJ’s top free agents out for the start of the season at least.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2021
Davis left the Jets preseason matchup against Green Bay in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Saleh was initially hopeful that the injury wasn’t serious, telling reporters at his postgame press conference,
“The initial prognosis is positive. But again, he’s got to get more tests.”
New York already lost big ticket free agent defensive end Carl Lawson for the season to a torn Achilles several days ago, but the hits just keep on coming. Safety Zane Lewis went down on the same day as Lawson with a torn patella tendon and a sprained MCL. He’s also done for the year.
Davis getting hurt leaves the Jets with plenty of questions at linebacker. C.J. Mosley is the heart of that linebacker room, but he’s only played two games over the past two years.
The Jets signed Davis to a one-year, $5.5 million deal this offseason, hoping the former first-round pick could find consistency in New York. The former Lion never won favor in Detroit, but his 45 career starts were the second-most among New York’s projected starting linebackers.
Saleh’s other options at linebacker include 2019 fifth-round pick Blake Cashman and rookie defensive backs turned linebackers, Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jamien Sherwood.
Saleh’s defense is already on the younger side. Losing Davis puts the Jets in jeopardy of getting picked apart by savvy offensive coordinators and veteran coaching staffs.