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Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace, Antwan Barnes, Garrett McIntyre, Trevor Reilly (OLB); David Harris, Demario Davis, Nick Bellore, Jeremiah George (ILB)
With a healthy Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace back in the fold, the Jets have their four starting linebackers in place. The Jets will also be getting back their best edge pass-rusher, Antwan Barnes, after missing him for nearly the entire 2013 season after suffering an ACL injury.
There are, however, questions on the bottom of both the inside and outside linebacker depth charts that need to be sorted out.
At inside linebacker, Nick Bellore will try to thwart off sixth-round pick Jeremiah George to retain his spot as the primary backup to Demario Davis and David Harris. Troy Davis will be in the mix for the final backup spot as well.
George has more raw ability as a sideline-to-sideline linebacker, but the coaches trust Bellore both on defense and on special teams, evidenced by his receiving a tender at the end of last season.
Meanwhile, there will be a fierce battle at outside linebacker as sixth and seventh-round picks Ik Enemkpali and Trevor Reilly will duke it out for what will likely be the final linebacker spot behind Garrett McIntyre. For now, Reilly gets the edge because of his versatility and athleticism (he was a walk-on safety at Utah), making him a better special teams player.