Jets vs. Texans: Linebacker Josh Mauga and Kenrick Ellis Continue to Impress
On a 1st and 10 in the third quarter, Matt Leinart dropped back with the hopes of getting the ball downfield, but on the other side of his offensive line was Jets rookie Kenrick Ellis who had another idea in mind. While being occupied by an offensive lineman, Ellis threw his hands up in hopes of getting a piece of the ball, which is exactly what he accomplished.
Luckily for the Jets and Josh Mauga, Ellis' tip went high enough that Mauga had enough time to cut back and intercept his pass. The two have stood out all game, whether it is getting into the backfield and sacking Matt Schaub or interrupting running plays.
These two have been playing relentlessly throughout the game, proving that they belong in New York. Not only have they proven that they belong in New York, they are making quality cases that they could start for this Jets defense. Unless David Harris or Bart Scott suffer injuries, Mauga will not start as the Jets have made it clear that those two will start all season, but Mauga may have a big third down role when Rex Ryan chooses to blitz.
As for Ellis, if he continues this level of production, he could see a good amount of playing time on the defensive line. The Jets named Sione Pouha as their captain and starting nose tackle, but Ellis who was considered to be a first round pick at one point (until his off the field issues caught up with him, making him a third round pick), continues to shine in his preseason debut.
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