Thanks to a surprising injury the New York Jets were forced to call an audible at the line of scrimmage ahead of Week 1.
With offensive tackle, Duane Brown out for at least this Baltimore Ravens game and maybe longer, Gang Green had to play musical chairs on the offensive line.
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Max Mitchell Just Fired a Shot Across the Bow
Mitchell was originally selected with the No. 111 overall pick in the fourth round out of Lousiana. The thought was he could develop this season and then we’ll see what happens in 2023.
Although this is the NFL and nothing ever goes according to plan.
Due to two big-time injuries to Brown and Mekhi Becton, Mitchell is now being thrust into the lineup for the 2022 season opener.
The youngster was asked how he plans on handling the Baltimore Ravens defensive line and specifically 36-year-old veteran Calais Campbell:
“Yeah, obviously he is a 15-year vet so he has some salt to him. The dude is big, long, strong, fast, and a freak athlete but nothing we can’t handle. Nothing I haven’t seen on the field before. Obviously, he is a renown guy but he is just another dude.”
Those strong words certainly raised a few eyebrows. It didn’t take long for those comments to find Campbell on social media who acknowledged he saw it by liking Zack Rosenblatt’s tweet of the quote.
You Can Take Max Mitchell’s Quote a Couple of Ways
The video clip has been going viral on social media in both Jets and Ravens circles.
So far fans have been taking it one of two ways. Some have loved the confidence that was displayed by the youngster:
What else is he going to say? I’m scared of the Ravens’ defense? Heck no!
However, some have been on the other side of the argument saying this will give Baltimore plenty of bulletin board material ahead of Week 1:
Campbell is a six-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro, and stands in at 6-foot-8, 300 pounds.
Mitchell isn’t the only one who is confident, his coach Robert Saleh said he believes in the Lousiana product at the podium:
“I have said it before Max is much further along than we thought he’d be at this point. So we are very confident that he will be able to step in and do his job. We think the acceleration is going to go even faster because there is nothing like getting reps in the NFL and getting baptized early in your career.”
Saleh has been uttering these words since the summer and we’re about to find out if it was simply coach-speak or genuine belief in the kid.
The Ravens have a very talented defense that has wreaked havoc for years. While their defensive coordinator is gone, which leaves a little bit of mystery, they have all of the talents to make it a long day for the Jets’ offense.