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The Jets are hoping second-year linebacker Darron Lee has a big mouth.

And naturally, an improved second season.

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Last year, Lee was less than overwhelming as a rookie but much of that was due to an ankle injury that struck in Week 6. Lee missed three games and the injury lingered. He showed athleticism but was not the impact player the team needed from a first-round selection. His pass coverage was lacking and he routinely was abused by opposing tight ends.

Pro Football Focus, graded him as the worst linebacker in the class of 2016 and 84th out of 87 selected linebackers. But stuff like that happens when you feel lost, using advanced statistical data, uncomfortable and the playbook appears to be written in Sanskrit.

Jets coach Todd Bowles isn’t worried about the physical attributes of Lee.

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“It’s mentally for him. Down there,<strong>Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey</strong>, you see a lot of things between run and passing, a lot of blocks and a lot of reads and a lot of tips. So it’s mentally for him. But he’s been more vocal the last three days and all spring and it’s slowing down for him that way so hopefully the mental stuff makes his physical part a little easier.”

“Just going to take it day by day. As long as he gets better every day, I think he’ll become a good football player.”

Lee began his rookie season out of Ohio State as a backup but eventually started nine games at inside linebacker. The ankle injury hit against the Cardinals and affected him the rest of the way. So there are high expectations for the 22-year-old who is viewed as a key component to the Jets’ young core. Perhaps no one’s expectations are higher than his own.

“Definitely,” Lee said. “Just improve from last year for sure. But definitely do a better job of putting my team in the best position to win and that’s really all I’m focused on.”

That and being a chatterbox leader.
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