It would help if their offensive line could do more to halt the pass rush, particularly the pass rush provided by Carl Lawson. Lawson has been credited with multiple sacks during team drills during the first two days of practice this week, which may not be good for Wilson but is good for a defense that signed Lawson this offseason to provide that kind of disruption up front.
Saleh may want cleaner pockets for Wilson, but he also loves what he’s seen from Lawson.
“He does it to everybody,” Saleh said. “You watch the tape, he beats everybody. I think he was top three in pressures and quarterback hits. It’s not foreign to him to win, but what’s cool though is his work ethic and the way he goes about his day-to-day process. He is relentless with his body, he’s relentless with his work ethic, he is an absolute professional. There’s the old saying, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,’ and this dude, not only is he talented, but he works his absolute butt off. And because of it you see results.”
The Jets don’t have the best history when it comes to getting the desired results from their free agent acquisitions, but the past won’t be in the forefront of many minds if Lawson can continue producing once he’s facing players from other teams.