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1) David Harris
2) Bart Scott
3) Josh Mauga
4) Demario Davis
5) Nick Bellore
1) Calvin Pace
2) Bryan Thomas
3) Aaron Maybin
4) Garrett McIntyre
Going into the 2012 season, the Jets linebacker group is going to be alright. On one hand, you have talented guys like David Harris and Bart Scott, but then you have aging guys like Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace that even out how they will perform.
The inside linebackers for 2012 are pretty much set. Unless someone suffers a major injury, David Harris, who was snubbed of a Pro Bowl appearance in 2011, and Bart Scott will be the Jets' middle backers.
Their backups are pretty set as well. There is Josh Mauga, who has turned into a solid backup after getting several snaps in during the regular season last year when Harris and Scott had to leave the game for very minor injuries.
And there is also Nick Bellore, who will be watching the games from the bench with Mauga. Bellore was a coaches' favorite last season and did well on special teams. As long as he keeps showing potential he will have a spot as a backup.
The third and last backup the Jets will keep is Demario Davis. Davis was the Jets' third-round pick and is coming into this season with some hype. A few weeks ago, Rex Ryan compared Davis to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, only making Jets fans expect so much more of this young man from Arkansas State.
As for the outside linebackers, the two aging players I mentioned earlier will be the starters again. Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace have had solid play for the last two years, but I have been saying this since last year and will continue to say it: The Jets need some more effective and younger players at the outside linebacker position.
The Jets will also have former Buffalo Bills "bust" Aaron "Mayhem" Maybin playing outside linebacker, mainly in passing situations as the Jets were able to get some great play out of Maybin last season.
Expect them to also have Garrett McIntyre as a backup.