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Jets coach warns sternly about Michael Clemons

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When the New York Jets ditched the 117th pick overall in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL draft, nobody really batted an eyelid.

Defensive lineman Micheal Clemons was Texas A&M’s pick, but not many people knew him. A quick Google search turned up an older player (25) who had some previous problems off the field.

But after just a single Clemons press conference, the fan base fell in love and feared for their lives at the same time.

Clemons is listed at 6ft 5, 270lbs on the official list and those numbers don’t quite do him justice.

This photo by Clemons quickly became known this week for the evil Sith Lord vibes of Clemons wearing a hoodie while training in incredibly warm weather:

Just to paint the picture of the sheer intensity in the room when Clemons and other people are in, here is a bracket from a summer press conference that got hot:

With that in mind, Brant Boyer, the special teams coordinator, was recently asked his thought process behind a player of his size on special teams.

“Well, um, the rationale is I wouldn’t want to block him if I had to block him, and that’s how you think. Then put him in positions where little guys will try to block him and that’s not a very good matchup. That’s why I brought him there. It all boils down to you being like an enforcer and people use them across the league. Where you have a really tough guy they have to double down and stuff like that. Those are really important positions, if you can put a guy there who is asking for a double team all the time, then the people inside become free.”

That’s an explanation that makes a lot of sense to me.

Clemons caused a stir in training camp and preseason with his explosive plays.

none were bigger as the massive punch he delivered to New York Giants backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor during the preseason finale:

In the regular season, however, the talented defender hasn’t found the same level of success. Part of this may be due to a lack of opportunities.

According to Pro Football Focus, Clemons has just one tackle and two pressings in 47 snaps. These were further broken down into 26 run defense snaps and 21 pass rush opportunities.

While things may not have surfaced just yet, there’s plenty of optimism both inside and outside the building that Clemons could prove to be one of the April draft’s biggest bargains.

Head coach Robert Saleh praised the rookie for his versatility. Clemons has learned several defensive line positions during the offseason.

A coach once told me that the more you can do on the soccer field, the more attractive you are as a player. In other words, the more you can do, the more you can accomplish on the field.

Clemons brings a level of evil that the front office believes will infect the rest of the room. When you combine that with his multiple abilities, you have the makings of a pretty dangerous pass rusher.

Saleh likes to use a rotation on his defensive line so Clemons gets reps. Also, I would imagine the deeper we get into this season, the more comfortable the youngster will feel, which will also increase his bottom and potential ceiling.

A coach once told me that the more you can do on the soccer field, the more attractive you are as a player. In other words, the more you can do, the more you can accomplish on the field.



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