LB - FA
Week 8 Outlook
The Jets announced Friday afternoon that linebacker Darron Lee has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. With only four games left, his season is effectively over. He will not be paid during the absence.
His season ends with 74 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a TD), and five passes defensed in 12 games. The Jets will have a decision to make in the offseason of whether or not they want to pick up Lee’s fifth-year option, which would pay him $10.2 million in 2020.
Jets linebacker Darron Lee recorded 11 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills.
The 11 tackles were a season-high for Lee who now has 61 on the season with three interceptions. The Patriots are up next following the Week 11 bye.
Jets linebacker Darron Lee recorded four tackles (two solo) in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Bears.
It was a fairly quiet afternoon for Lee, who now has 43 tackles and three interceptions on the season. He will remain a borderline top-24 LB when the Jets head to Miami in Week 9.
After his Pro Day workout, he spent a lot of time with the San Francisco 49ers and has also met with the Titans, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports. His Combine results were strong, with his 4.43 40-yard dash beating all but six wide receivers.
There is no doubt that with the proper coaching Lee will become an All-Pro as well as an IDP star.
Lee blistered the 40-yard dash at 4.47, had a 35.5 inch vertical, an 11.1-foot broad jump, and a 4.2 in the 20-yard shuttle. He played QB and safety in high school but moved to the OLB position while at Ohio State, where he performed very well. He is fast and tends to fly-in on plays unbalanced. There is no doubt that he'll be successful in the NFL but he will need to add muscle to withstand the rigors of his position at that level. He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 232. That's a good size for a safety.
No matter where they put him, Lee will excel. He has tremendous confidence and rightfully so because he has done well at each stop along the way. He is a near-certain first round pick in the upcoming draft.