The Jets’ line of defense has improved significantly this off-season and is poised to be one of the best units in the National Football League.

This group of talented defenders just got better.

New York have signed former 49ers defensive player Ronald Blair, the team confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Not only is it a step in bringing in another veteran to fuel Gang Green’s pass frenzy, but it’s a familiar face that flourished in San Francisco under Robert Saleh.

Blair didn’t play at all in 2020 due to a ruptured cruciate ligament, but made a name for himself for his defensive skills in his first four seasons in the league. From 2016 to 2019, the former fifth grader collected a total of 13.5 sacks in a 49er uniform from the state of Appalachian.

Even after missing all of last season, Blair is only three years away from his best campaign in the NFL. In 16 games in 2018, Blair hit a career high with 5.5 sacks, 36 tackles (10 for loss) and 14 quarterback hits.

Only time will tell what kind of player the Jets 2021 will get with Blair, but if any coach can get the most out of a player on this side of the ball, it will be Saleh. The head coach served as Blair’s defensive coordinator for virtually the entire time on the defensive in San Francisco.

Earlier this off-season Saleh showed how pleased he is with the additions to this organization on the defensive. New York hired Carl Lawson, Sheldon Rankins and Vinny Curry as a freelance agency, thereby strengthening a unit that already includes Quinnen Williams, Folorunso Fatukasi, John Franklin-Myers and more.


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