The New York Jets lost several key pieces to the puzzle this week due to injuries.
However, as the lord taketh, he also giveth and that is certainly the case in Week 8 when Gang Green welcomes in the New England Patriots.
Jermaine Johnson Is Ready for Jets Return
After missing the last two contests, Johnson appears ready for a return. He took to social media on Friday, October 28 to say that it, “feels great running around with the guys again!!”
The Jets valued double J near the top of their draft board back in April. So much so that they nearly selected him with the No. 10 overall pick in the first round.
So when they passed on him and witnessed him continuing to slide in the first round, the team decided to make a major trade-up to launch themselves back into the first round.
Ultimately Gang Green selected the former Florida State product with the No. 26 overall pick.
The Jets’ defensive line was deep and thus Johnson wasn’t expected to contribute in the normal way that a first-rounder would be expected to.
However in his limited opportunities this season he has already proven why he deserved to be a first-round draft choice.
Jermaine Johnson Is Missing Infinity Stone for Jets
The Jets have turned the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award into a contest.
Through the first seven weeks of the 2022 season, Gang Green has claimed five of those championship belts with Ahmad Gardner being the latest for his performance versus the Denver Broncos.
This is a tip of the cap to the Jets for having a stellar rookie class and to the loyal fans for doing their part to keep the award in Florham Park.
However, one rookie that is clearly talented enough to win it, hasn’t had the opportunity to do so yet.
Johnson has only played 30 percent of the snaps during his five-game appearances so far this season. Despite a limited workload, the former FSU product has made the most of it:
- 1.5 sacks
- Two quarterback hits
- 74.6 run defense grade (per PFF)
If he has been able to provide that level of production with only 30 percent of the defensive snaps, just imagine what he could do with some more rock.
Johnson has impressed the coaching staff with his evolution since being drafted and the things he has learned. Throughout the season Johnson should continue to earn more reps and by virtue will continuously increase his chances to win one of these weekly awards.
In Johnson’s absence the Jets’ defense has been firing on all cylinders and proving in the process they are an elite unit. Now sprinkle in a healthy Johnson to the rotation, this could take this unit to another level.