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“Explosive Youngster” keeps flashing during Jets camp

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The New York Jets had three first-round draft decisions last April. In the training camp it’s easy to lose track, especially since there are still 90 men in the squad in the first week of August.

However, one of these premium selections is already making a name for itself during the dog days in summer.

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Jets team reporter Ethan Greenberg Jermaine Johnson was recently singled out as a guy who “flashed” a few times during training camp.

There were rumors that the Jets were considering picking JJ with either the No. 4 or No. 10 pick overall, so the Jets lead was taken aback when he was still available in the back end of the first round.

Coming from FSU, Johnson was described by NFL dot com’s Lance Zierlein as an “explosive playmaker” who has all the tools to be special at the next level.

It was a nerve-wracking few hours before general manager Joe Douglas got the green light from the owner to try and move upstairs to secure the former Florida State pass rusher.

Ultimately, Douglas found the right deal and Gang Green secured a top 10 player on their board with #26 overall pick.

Our own senior NFL reporter for Heavy, Matt Lombardo, said the Jets have a chance to join the NFL’s elite:

“The Jets secretly have a chance to be one of the leading front four-pass rushers in the league.”

To do that, they need some juice from Johnson as a rookie.

“I liked him a lot of as a player coming out,” an NFC scout told Heavy of Lombardo. “He has a lot of talent, a lot of speed and the ability to bend the edge. The Jets got a good one.”

The 23-year-old had a unique path into the NFL and will have to follow a similarly difficult path to play with the Jets.

Gang Green’s defensive space is full and with that, Johnson doesn’t have to contribute immediately. He has shown some brutality in training but head coach Robert Saleh said he still has a long way to go.

The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt agreed with that assessment based on Saleh’s comments, saying Johnson “still [has] much to improve” before they are ready to hand him the keys of the franchise.

For the time being, he will be used situationally this season.

One of Johnson’s calling cards from college that should help him make an immediate contribution is his running skills. That should put him on the field for the early downs, and if he can prove capable in that department, he’ll add pass-rushing duties to his plate.

Johnson was a one-year college prodigy with insane production at the ACC after moving away from Georgia. What will his 2022 encore look like? One can only guess, but with an attacking defense and plenty of talent around him, Johnson will be in a great position to make some big plays this season.

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The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt agreed with that assessment based on Saleh’s comments, saying Johnson “still [has] much to improve” before they are ready to hand him the keys of the franchise.



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