The Jets brought in a familiar face to help fill the place of Kris Jenkins, who was lost for the year on Monday night with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Howard Green, who played in 12 games for the Jets last season, will join Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito at the defensive tackle position. The 6-foot-2, 365-pound Green inked a deal with the Redskins in the spring but was cut on the last round of roster shakeups last week.
“He takes up space and he makes things difficult,” said lineman Wayne Hunter. “He does all the things ‘Jenks’ does for us and our defense.”
Green, who also spent time with Seattle and New Orleans, is considered a serviceable space-eater in a 3-4 scheme, a player who solely stuffs the run. That may be all the Jets need from him if the rest of the unit dominates like last season, when they ranked first in the NFL despite losing Jenkins to a similar knee injury in Week 6.
“Like it was last year,”?Green said. “It’s not one guy, it’s not two guys. It is a group effort from everyone to make this thing work.”