When the New York Jets signed inside linebacker C.J. Mosley to a five-year, $85 million deal in 2019 they believed their struggles on the defensive end of the ball were finally coming to an end. But two years later, all that they got from Mosley was two games that he didn’t even complete.
Mosley certainly knows that he didn’t fulfill his end of the deal, struggling with a groin injury in 2019 and opting out in 2020. But he is determined to make amends in 2021 and is entering the season with “a little added chip” on his shoulder.
“When I get back on the field, I definitely want to make sure they respect the name again,” Mosley told reporters earlier this week.
Mosley came to the Jets with a glowing resume that included four Pro Bowl nods and four Second-Team All-Pro selections. But his time in New York immediately got off to a bad start, as he injured his groin in the first game of the 2019 season. He returned several weeks later, only to get injured again, and ended up having surgery. Concerns about COVID-19 then prompted him to skip the entire 2020 season.
But despite the lengthy break, which Mosley refers to as “a two-year hiatus”, he believes he can still be an impactful player when he steps on the field.
“Yeah, I don’t have any doubts in myself. I’m here, so we’ll let the play do the talking,” Mosley explained while adding that the injury is now behind him and that he’s feeling “great”.
Before arriving in New York, C.J. Mosley spent five years with the Baltimore Ravens. While in Baltimore, he developed into an all-around contributor and was considered being one of the best ILBs in the league.
Mosley has 588 career tackles to go with 8.5 sacks, 32 QB hits, 10 interceptions, 37 pass deflections, six forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns.