The New York Jets are dealing with yet another injury issue, as Antwan Barnes has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in the team's 30-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. While no injury is ever welcomed, and it is certainly unfortunate to see Antwan Barnes go down for the season after a solid start to 2013 for him, if the Jets are going to effectively absorb an injury it will be in their well-stocked front seven. Barnes will be missed, but the cupboard is still brimming with talent for Rex Ryan to piece together a dominant front seven.
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Without Antwan Barnes, the Jets will press Garrett McIntyre into duty alongside Calvin Pace and Ricky Sapp will provide depth. McIntyre has shown the ability to hold down the fort at outside linebacker in the past. Calvin Pace has looked very good at times this season. Barnes provided some explosiveness off the edge as a pass rusher, but with Quinton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson and others ready to pick up the slack the defense should be able to adjust to his loss.
Antwan Barnes had been fitting in nicely, recording two sacks in the first five games. Rex Ryan brought Barnes in after having coached him early in his career with the Baltimore Ravens. Antwan Barnes put up 11 sacks for the San Diego Chargers in 2011 but only had three sacks in nine games last season. The Jets signed him as a free agent this offseason, one of many dumpster dives for John Idzik and Rex Ryan. Antwan Barnes definitely looked like a bargain buy that was going to pay big dividends prior to the injury.
As mentioned above, the front seven is one spot where the Jets have enough depth to overcome an injury. Health issues at wide receiver are much more concerning at this point in terms of the team's ability to rebound. This is the part of the season when attrition becomes a real factor and each team in the NFL will be tested with injuries.
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