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By Glenn Naughton 

 

If you were paying attention to the Jets first pre-season game against Indianapolis last week, you may have noticed the stellar effort put forth by little known LB AJ Edds. Edds led the defense with 7 tackles to go along with a late fumble recovery in a game that he's surely hoping left an impression on the coaching staff. Edds was signed by the Jets in May after a strong showing during rookie mini-camp in hopes of resuming a once promising career. As a former fourth round selection by the Miami Dolphins, Edds has a reputation for being a heady, hard-nosed linebacker who relies on instinct over athletic ability.

 

Since being taken by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Edds has had a difficult time staying healthy having suffered multiple ACL tears while playing for the Dolphins, and then later with the Colts.  Edds also had a short stint with Bill Bilichick's Patriots in 2013.

 

A look at the Jets depth chart at the MLB position gives you the impression that Edds has a shot to stick if he continues to play as well as he did in that pre-season opener. One would assume that first year player Jeremiah George will make the final roster as an Idzik pick.  David Harris and Demario Davis are entrenched as the starters, and veteran Nick Bellore will continue to be a special teams ace. This means   that in order for Edds to make the team, the Jets will have to carry five ILB's which isn't out of the question.  Given his college production, draft position, and strong training camp, it seems Edds is a player worth keeping an eye on.

 

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If you were paying attention to the Jets first pre-season game against Indianapolis last week, you may have noticed the stellar effort put forth by little known LB AJ Edds. Edds led the defense with 7 tackles to go along with a late fumble recovery in a game that he’s surely hoping left an impression on the coaching staff. Edds was signed by the Jets in May after a strong showing during rookie mini-camp in hopes of resuming a once promising career. As a former fourth round selection by the Miami Dolphins, Edds has a reputation for being a heady, hard-nosed linebacker who relies on instinct over athletic ability.

Since being taken by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Edds has had a difficult time staying healthy having suffered multiple ACL tears while playing for the Dolphins, and then later with the Colts.  Edds also had a short stint with Bill Bilichick’s Patriots in 2013.

A look at the Jets depth chart at the MLB position gives you the impression that Edds has a shot to stick if he continues to play as well as he did in that pre-season opener. One would assume that first year player Jeremiah George will make the final roster as an Idzik pick.  David Harris and Demario Davis are entrenched as the starters, and veteran Nick Bellore will continue to be a special teams ace. This means   that in order for Edds to make the team, the Jets will have to carry five ILB’s which isn’t out of the question.  Given his college production, draft position, and strong training camp, it seems Edds is a player worth keeping an eye on.

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This guy was one thing that stuck out at me from Thursday night.  He seemed to get on the field pretty early.  I thought he played supposed to be more OLB than ILB though.  Maybe they used him at both?  I am not sure. The official depth chart lists him at 3rd string WLB behind Davis and Fugger.  He is obviously up to 2nd string now. 

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This guy was one thing that stuck out at me from Thursday night.  He seemed to get on the field pretty early.  I thought he played supposed to be more OLB than ILB though.  Maybe they used him at both?  I am not sure. The official depth chart lists him at 3rd string WLB behind Davis and Fugger.  He is obviously up to 2nd string now. 

 

Fugger?  I barely know her! 

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Fugger?  I barely know her! 

LOL...well played!

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Hugger?  I barely know her! 

 

 

Fixed.

 

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

 

I am the greatest.

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Edds led the Jets in tackles for the second game in a row with five.  Looks like he could stick.

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I don't see Bellore as safe.  He is a special teamer.  If Edds is better on specials, why keep Bellore?  Troy Davis should be in this mix too.  He is another special teamer and I am not sure if he is an ILB or OLB.

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I don't see Bellore as safe.  He is a special teamer.  If Edds is better on specials, why keep Bellore?  Troy Davis should be in this mix too.  He is another special teamer and I am not sure if he is an ILB or OLB.

 

You may have a point there.  I didn't notice Edds on specials but if he is filling Bellore's role there, then his spot is probably in jeopardy.  Davis played OLB at Central FL but I can't say I'm 100% sure the Jets havent' moved him inside.

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I don't see Bellore as safe.  He is a special teamer.  If Edds is better on specials, why keep Bellore?  Troy Davis should be in this mix too.  He is another special teamer and I am not sure if he is an ILB or OLB.

 

It might not be an either/or situation, as its certainly feasible they have more than one backup stick at ILB.  Keep in mind that, in addition to his special team skill, the other benefit Bellore has working in his favor is going to be knowledge and experience in the defense.  Even if some of these other guys might have more long-term upside, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bellore would be the guy Rex would be most comfortable as having the first man off the bench right now.  It certainly doesn't make him a lock, but the experience should probably help him out.

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It might not be an either/or situation, as its certainly feasible they have more than one backup stick at ILB.  Keep in mind that, in addition to his special team skill, the other benefit Bellore has working in his favor is going to be knowledge and experience in the defense.  Even if some of these other guys might have more long-term upside, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bellore would be the guy Rex would be most comfortable as having the first man off the bench right now.  It certainly doesn't make him a lock, but the experience should probably help him out.

 

 

It might not be, as AirForce points out in his article.  I just think there is a better chance one is going than they keep both.  Glenn is probably right about Troy Davis playing OLB.  That would put him in deep jeopardy with 2 draft picks, Babin and McIntyre.  Babin's playing time probably indicates something is up - either disatisfaction and benching/trade of Coples or that Babin looks like sh*t and might get cut.  I thought Babin looked terrible in the first half against the Colts. 

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