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 finished the 2017 season with 94 tackles and three sacks.
Lee's playing time greatly increased from his rookie season, and he paid it off by racking up 21 more tackles and two more sacks. He was consistent for the Jets throughout the season and even reached double-digit tackles twice. Davis is signed through the 2019 season, and there's every reason to believe he'll be back in the middle of the Jets' defense next season.
Lee did not play in Week 13's game against the Chiefs due to a violation of team rules, Andy Vasquez of New Jersey's The Record reports.
Depending on the nature of the violation, Lee could either miss more time or he could be back for Week 14's contest against the Broncos.. Stay tuned as the week goes on for further information regarding his status.
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, while 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.
|4||9/30/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/2/18||@ TEN||4:05 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|2016||New York Jets||13||73||45.0||28||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2017||New York Jets||15||94||67.0||27||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2018||New York Jets||3||18||11.0||7||0||2||57||28.5||36||1||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New York Jets||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||15||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New York Jets||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|