Lee received a four-game suspension Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Unless Lee plans to appeal the suspension, his 2018 season will come to an end with just four games remaining on the Jets' schedule. With the fantasy playoffs underway in many IDP leagues, Lee's absence comes at an especially unfortunate time. He had been a serviceable option at linebacker this season with 74 tackles, five pass breakups, three interceptions and a touchdown through 12 outings. Kevin Pierre-Louis or Neville Hewitt could be pressed into a larger role on the inside next to Avery Williamson with Lee out of the picture.
Lee logged 11 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills. Lee posted his highest single-game tackle total of the season during the Week 10 loss, during which time the Jets' defense was outmatched by Buffalo's offense during all phases of the game. The 2016 first-rounder's tackle volume and work in pass coverage keep him on the IDP radar, and Lee will look to log another strong performance against the Patriots in Week 11.
Lee led his team with eight tackles (six solo) while adding a pass defended and an interception in Sunday's 42-34 win over the Colts. Lee returned the interception 25 yards before being taken down. The coverage linebacker has really blossomed in his third season, having already recorded three interceptions through six weeks after failing to pick off a single pass in his first two seasons.
Lee posted two interceptions and seven tackles (six solo) in Monday's win over the Lions. Lee managed to return one of his two interceptions Monday for a touchdown, giving the Jets their first defensive score since 2013. He was the star performer on a Jets defense that was dominant on Monday night, and while this level of production is obviously not sustainable, Lee is off to a great start to his third NFL season after recording the first two picks of his career.
Lee will be the primary play caller on defense this season, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports. The Jets signed Avery Williamson to replace Demario Davis as the "mike" inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense, but Lee likely will retain a three-down role while handling play calling from the "mo" spot. The 2016 first-round pick played 1,028 defensive snaps last season, notching 94 tackles (67 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 games. Davis led the team in both tackles (135) and sacks (five), with his 1,118 defensive snaps ranking first in the entire league.