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Starters: Quinton Coples, Demario Davis, David Harris, Calvin Pace
The linebacker corps has always been outshined by the defensive line, but it's still among the team's strongest positional units.
David Harris is the leader of the group. The veteran has been one of the most productive and complete inside linebackers in football in recent seasons. He can drop back in coverage, stuff the run and even rush the passer in certain situations.
His running mate, Demario Davis, is undersized, but he's one of the speediest linebackers in the NFL. After a productive yet bumpy first season in the starting role, Davis is ready to break out in a major way. He was terrific against the Bengals, recording a strip sack and showcasing great skills in coverage.
New York's outside linebackers are a bit more of a question mark.
Calvin Pace had a career resurgence in 2013, as he recorded double-digit sacks for the first time. However, most of Pace's sacks were a direct result of offenses giving more attention to the defensive linemen.
It'll be interesting to see if Pace can repeat his gaudy sack total, but it would help the defense considerably if he could improve in pass coverage.
Quinton Coples has yet to live up to his potential, as injuries and inconsistencies have slowed him. New York went out and signed Jason Babin this offseason to split time with Coples, and Babin even got the start on Saturday.
Coples is a more complete player than Babin, but the latter is a dangerous pass-rusher. If the North Carolina product struggles early in the season to make an impact, the Jets could switch him out in favor of Babin in a moment's notice.