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.
Lee has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs due to a coach's decision, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Lee's inactive designation comes as a surprise this week, and Jets coach Todd Bowles is expected to address the decision following the conclusion of the game. In the meantime, Julian Stanford and Bruce Carter figure to see additional reps at inside linebacker next to usual starter Demario Davis.
Lee had six tackles (four solo) and a sack in Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Panthers. Lee has been a fairly consistent IDP option this season and played every defensive snap Sunday. The sack was the third of the season for the 23-year-old, who'll look to add to the total against the Chiefs in Week 13.
Lee had 10 tackles, including one sack, during Sunday's loss to the Bills. The Jets struggled stopping the Bills' rushing attack at the goal line, which opened up plenty of tackle opportunities for Lee and Demario Davis, who finished with 14 tackles of his own. With the situation likely to repeat itself often this season, Lee could be a solid source of tackles in IDP leagues.
Lee (illness) did not suit up for Tuesday's practice, Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger reports. His Tuesday absence marks the second consecutive day that Lee was unable to practice. The specifics regarding the illness are still relatively unknown, but the Jets don't appear to be overly concerned at the moment. The expectation is that Lee will resume football activities in the coming days, but if he doesn't there could be a bigger issue at hand.
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