Jets get defensive help with Carl Lawson signing


The New York Jets added defensive help Monday by adding DE Carl Lawson, formerly of the Bengals, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.


Lawson was a fourth-round pick of Cincinnati in 2017, spending all four years with the team. He became a starter in 2020, starting 11 games after only three starts in his first three years.

Jets bolster defensive with Carl Lawson signing

Fantasy slant: The Jets add a much-needed pass rusher in Lawson. New York finished last season ranked 25th in pressure rate (21.7%) despite blitzing at the sixth-highest rate (38.4%). Lawson logged only 5.5 sacks last year for the Bengals, but that figure accounted for 32.3% of the team’s league-worst sack total. He finished second in quarterback hits (24) behind only T.J. Watt. Lawson is a huge upgrade for Robert Saleh's defense. — Derek Brown

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