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    Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Trey Flowers lines up during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 18, 2020. The Pittsburgh Steelers are fortunate to have reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt and former third-round pick Alex Highsmith as their starting outside linebacker tandem. “But after that it’s anybody’s guess” who will fill the backup roles, says Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, at least if you look beyond former Browns and Eagles linebacker Genard Avery, who figures to be the top reserve at the position, having inked a one-year deal in late March. “I expect them to bring in a veteran at the position before the start of the season,” adds Kaboly, not unlike how they added Melvin Ingram III last year. To that end, Kaboly sees Trey Flowers as the most likely candidate to be this year’s Ingram. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Steelers! Trey Flowers Signed a $90 Million Contract in 2019Flowers, 29, is a 2015 fourth-round pick of the Patriots...
    Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh during the 2021 preseason. The New York Jets hosted their first of two joint practices with the Atlanta Falcons ahead of the Monday night preseason outing on August 22. For the most part, all went well as Joe Flacco and the offense outshined the Falcons’ secondary and the Jets’ defense got the better of Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder. New York Daily News beat reporter Antwan V. Staley summed the practice up for fans. Jets were able to move the ball against the Falcons defense. Breece Hall and Elijah Moore had standout days. Jets defense also forced some pressure against the Falcons quarterbacks https://t.co/Hr25VHivtJ — Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) August 19, 2022 “Jets were able to move the ball against the Falcons defense. Breece Hall and Elijah Moore had standout days. Jets defense also forced some pressure against the Falcons quarterbacks,” he tweeted. Of course, there were one or two minor troublesome developments. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! ...
    They came to the NFL scouting combine from Greece, from Cameroon, from Nigeria by way of Scotland, talented pass rushers who’d found football by accident in the United States and were now making it their purpose. If the 2022 draft is indeed a showcase of a “strong class” of edge defenders, as Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said Wednesday, it will also have a distinct international flavor. Two of the first four pass rushers taken could be players born an ocean away. Another potential second-round prospect, after emigrating stateside, didn’t pick up the sport until his sophomore season of high school. The trio still found their way to stardom, and to Indianapolis, where Ravens officials are trying to find the next big piece of a pass rush that needs big-time help. For Purdue’s George Karlaftis, Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie and Michigan’s David Ojabo — for the many others who followed similar paths — football success came partly because of where they started, not in spite of it. “Looking back, I’m glad I went through the path that I did,” Ebiketie...
    Getty Georgia product Travon Walker is one of many promising edge rushers in 2022. The New York Jets are expected to draft at least one edge rusher in 2022, even if they sign one in free agency. It’s supposed to be a very deep class at the position and head coach Robert Saleh knows that you can never have enough pass rush. His entire defensive philosophy depends on getting to the quarterback quickly and Gang Green did not do that in 2021. The Jets ranked 16th in the NFL in pass rush win-rate according to ESPN analytics and 23rd based on their accumulative pass rusher grade on Pro Football Focus. That’s not terrible, but when you take into account that the defensive line was supposed to be the strength of Jeff Ulbrich’s unit, these sub-par numbers help explain their last-ranked finish. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Saleh’s pass rush needs to be top 10, minimum, top five if you want to turn into a serious contender....
    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Jets are replacing one sack-happy Lawson with another. Edge rusher Shaq Lawson was acquired by the Jets from the Houston Texans on Sunday for a sixth-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The Jets were in dire need of a pass-rushing specialist after Carl Lawson was lost for the season on Aug. 19 with a ruptured Achilles tendon. New York filled that need by bringing in Shaq Lawson, who has 20 1/2 sacks in five seasons with Buffalo and Miami. He was acquired by Houston in a trade with the Dolphins in March. More on the Shaq Lawson trade: All things considered, it’s a solid trade, but remember: There’s a reason why a former first-round DE, only 27, on his fourth team, with only a $990K base salary was available for dirt cheap. #Jets https://t.co/IkAylabPeT — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 29, 2021 NFL Network first reported the Jets’ trade for Shaq Lawson, who is not related to Carl Lawson. The person...
    Getty New York Jets edge rusher Carl Lawson celebrates a sack on September 14, 2017. The 2021 New York Jets OTAs have brought a ton of excitement to the fanbase. After the hiring of head coach Robert Saleh, the franchise received an extremely high turn-out at the voluntary workouts, signaling the dawn of a new day for the organization. A few players were missing from OTAs, however, and one name stood out. Carl Lawson. The former Cincinnati Bengals edge rusher was possibly the second-most important addition this offseason, outside of quarterback Zach Wilson. The Jets paid a small fortune to sign Lawson during the free agency period, and fans wondered where the defensive star was. Now any questions or fears can be put to rest. Lawson has arrived at Jets OTAs. Carl Lawson has arrived at #Jets OTAs ???? pic.twitter.com/wdqCrBXZmA — Optimistic Jets (@OptimisticJets) June 7, 2021 Void on the EdgeAs we’ve mentioned in the past, the Jets have not had an edge rusher like Lawson since the early 2000s when John Abraham donned a green and white...
    More On: new york giants Giants fake NFL Draft trade sends Twitter into hysteria Giants can change everything in tempting draft scenario Giants may look to draft challenger for veteran punter This Giants scenario can’t be overlooked at NFL Draft The Giants own the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. This year, more than most others, they can go in several different directions with their first round selection, as opinions can and do vary on what their top priority should be. Here, in the fourth and final installment of a four-part series, A Case Can Be Made for the Giants going with an edge pass rusher at No. 11: It does not add up. What the Giants had, what they have and what they need is not in sync. Do the math this way, that way, any way. Take the roster and study it, with the most open of minds. Dare to dream.  Even with the most wildly optimistic projection, it appears obvious, glaring and painfully apparent. The Giants do not have enough at edge rusher to take the...
    To get a better look at the Raiders’ roster and their NFL Draft needs, we’re taking a daily look at position groups. Today’s offering: Defensive line WHO’S HERE Starters: DE Clelin Ferrill, DT Johnathan Hankins, DT Quinton Jefferson, DE Yannick Ngakoue. Backups: DE Maxx Crosby, DT Solomon Thomas, DE Carl Nassib, DT-DE Kendal Vickers, DE Matt Dickerson, DE David Irving, DT-DE Chris Smith, DT Darius Philon, DT Niles Scott 2020 OUTLOOK Pay little mind to who starts and who doesn’t. It could change by the week depending on how the offense lines up. The goal of new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, as commissioned by coach Jon Gruden and G.M. Mike Mayock, is to dramatically upgrade a pass rush that has been non-existent for two of the last three seasons. Yannick Ngakoue is a big-ticket free agent addition. He has his critics, but in terms of having a jet stream off the edge, he’s different than anything the Raiders have had in years aside from Khalil Mack. Ngakoue’s presence should free up Maxx Crosby for fewer snaps...
    As part of The Post’s 2021 NFL Draft preview, we examine what the Jets might do at each position. Tuesday: Edge rusher There has not been a draft in the last 15 years when you could not list edge rusher as a need for the Jets. It continues to be, although maybe a little less of one this year. The team signed Carl Lawson in free agency to a three-year, $45 million contract to bolster the pass rush. While Lawson will help Robert Saleh’s defense, the Jets could use more help on the edge to play on the opposite side of him. The Jets could take an edge rusher with the No. 23 overall pick if one of the top ones falls to them like Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari or Michigan’s Kwity Paye. It seems more likely that they would draft one in the second or third round, though, where there are a number of edge rushers expected to go. Miami’s Jalean Phillips and Gregory Rouseeau, Penn State’s Jayson Oweh, Washington’s Joe Tryon and Wake Forest’s Carlos Basham Jr. are...
    More On: new york jets Jets NFL Mock Draft 3.0: What’s next after Zach Wilson pick Sam Darnold crushed by death of USC teammate: ‘Greatest dude ever’ The top 10 defensive linemen heading into NFL draft Jets bring back tight end As part of The Post’s 2021 NFL Draft preview, we examine what the Jets might do at each position. Tuesday: Edge rusher There has not been a draft in the last 15 years when you could not list edge rusher as a need for the Jets. It continues to be, although maybe a little less of one this year. The team signed Carl Lawson in free agency to a three-year, $45 million contract to bolster the pass rush. While Lawson will help Robert Saleh’s defense, the Jets could use more help on the edge to play on the opposite side of him. The Jets could take an edge rusher with the No. 23 overall pick if one of the top ones falls to them like Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari or Michigan’s Kwity Paye. It seems more likely that they...
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