‘There’s no fairly boy work within the trenches’

Jermaine Johnson II’s set to play in an enormous media market representing one of many nice metropolises on the planet.

Glitz, glamour, ballyhoo is bound to return, however Johnson craves not these items.

The go rusher is prepared for the grind and able to deliver the wooden when he hits the sector.

“My mindset is violence,” Johnson mentioned, by way of the crew web site’s Jack Bell. “There is not any fairly boy work within the trenches. It is enjoyable to sack the quarterback, however first and second down are primarily runs, so you must earn the correct to hurry the passer. It’s a must to be violent.”

The 23-year-old would appear to be deliver an old style method to the Massive Apple, seeking to take an enormous chunk out of the opposition and providing no reservations about it.

In a much-celebrated 2022 NFL Draft class for the Jets, Johnson was the 6-foot-5, 260-pound cherry on prime of a first-round haul that instantly improved New York’s roster in a powerful means. It began with Sauce Gardner at No. 4, continued with Garrett Wilson at No. 10 and concluded when the Jets traded again into the primary for Johnson at No. 26.

Having lengthy sought a dynamic and prolific presence off the sting, the Jets are hoping they’ve discovered simply that in Johnson. If all goes effectively, New York may fairly all of the sudden have one of many higher edge combos within the NFL with Johnson and Carl Lawson, whose first season ended earlier than it ever began attributable to a torn Achilles, however says he’ll be again by coaching camp.

“I talked to Carl and informed him how excited I’m to get to work,” Johnson mentioned. “And he is obtainable. It speaks to who he’s and the way everybody speaks about him. That is all I have to know. What folks say about you while you’re not round is what’s essential and I am blessed and excited to be taught underneath a man like that. I am blessed to be in a room like that, with these gamers and these coaches.”

Johnson and Lawson will not be the one causes for optimism on the Jets’ defensive entrance. There is a good likelihood Johnson must combat for enjoying time as John Franklin-Myers signed an extension with the crew final yr. Franklin-Myers also can play on the within, the place New York is rife with depth that features Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Vinny Curry and Solomon Thomas all seeking to deliver second-year head coach Robert Saleh’s defensive plans to fruition.

The ACC Defensive Participant of the Yr as a senior at Florida State, Johnson racked up 11.5 sacks, 70 tackles and 17.5 tackles for loss. He is aware of he’ll have to show himself to his Jets coaches and teammates, although, and he is able to do exactly that.

“Elite rush, get off quick, have a plan and supreme confidence,” he mentioned. “You are not going to win each rep, however you must preserve going and preserve going. I’m going to each soccer subject believing I am the very best participant on the sector. It’s a must to have that elite plan and confidence.”