Jermaine Johnson II will serve in a large media marketplace that represents one of the largest metropolises in the world.
Glamor, glamour, and playfulness are sure to come, but Johnson doesn’t crave them.
The pass rusher is ready to grind and fetch wood when it reaches the field.
“My mindset is violence,” Johnson said. via Jack Bell on the team website. “There’s nothing handsome in the trenches. It’s fun to fire a quarterback, but first and second place are mostly goalscoring. So you have to get the right to rush passes. You have to be violent.”
The 23-year-old appears to have taken an old-fashioned approach to the Big Apple, largely defeating opponents and making no reservations about it.
In the much-congratulated Jets’ 2022 NFL Draft Class, Johnson was a 6-foot-5, 260-pound cherry at the top of the first round that immediately and significantly improved New York’s roster. It started with Sauce Gardner in 4th place, continued with Garrett Wilson in 10th place, and ended with the Jets trading 1st place for Johnson in 26th place.
Long in the quest for a dynamic and prolific presence on the edge, the Jets hope to find it right there at Johnson. If all goes well, New York could have one of the better edge combinations in the NFL with Johnson and Carl Lawson, who suddenly ended before the season even started due to an Achilles tendon, but they said they would return through training camp. .
“I am very excited to be working with Carl,” Johnson said. “And he can use it. It tells who he is and what everyone is saying about him. That’s all I need to know. It’s important what people say about you when you’re not around and I’m blessed and excited. It’s a blessing to be in a room like this with these players and coaches.”
Johnson and Lawson aren’t the only reasons for optimism about the Jets’ defensive fronts. There’s a good chance Johnson will have to fight for game time as John Franklin-Myers signed an extension with the team last year. Franklin-Myers can also play inside. Here, Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Vinny Curry and Solomon Thomas all include a team in depth looking to bring Robert Saleh’s second-year manager’s defensive plans to fruition.
ACC Defender of the Year Johnson, as a senior at Florida State University, averaged 11.5 bags, 70 tackles and 17.5 tackles. He knows he has to prove himself to Jets’ coaches and teammates, and he’s ready to do so.
“Elite rush, get off fast, plan and have the utmost confidence,” he said. “You don’t beat all the reps, but you have to keep going. I go to every football field believing I’m the best player on the pitch. You have to have elite planning and confidence.”