Eagles versus Jets: 10 Gang Green standouts besides Sauce Gardner who are worth watching

Sauce Gardner is one of the NFL's bright young stars, but he isn't the only guy that the Eagles have to worry about in Week 6.
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Believe it or not, when discussing the Jets defense, there are so many other guys to discuss besides Sauce Gardner.

This won't be a walk in the park for the Eagles offense. Meet New York's defenders. They're certain to give Philly all that it can handle.

1. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE

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It wasn't that long ago that we were discussing Jermaine Johnson as a possible Birds addition in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Jets landed him at the 26th overall selection, but his career has gotten off to a slow start when you consider everything that was expected of him.

19 career games have led to 45 total tackles, a forced fumble, and 4.5 sacks. The Eagles O-line should be able to keep him off of Jalen Hurts in this one.

2. Quinnen Williams, interior defensive lineman

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Quinnen Williams, the third overall selection of the 2019 NFL Draft earned First-team All-Pro honors and made his first Pro Bowl in 2022. He has racked up 17 tackles and one-half sack so far this season.

Trust us on this one. This isn't someone that the Eagles want to get jiggy.

3. C.J. Mosley, linebacker

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Perhaps the best player on the Jets defense not named Sauce Gardner (no disrespect to Quinnen Williams), C.J. Mosely made his name with the Baltimore Ravens before taking his talents to Florham Park, New Jersey.

Mosley has racked up a tad under 1,000 tackles during his brilliant nine-year career. He's also a five-time Pro Bowler and five-time Second-team All-Pro (2014, 2016–2018, 2022).

4. Jordan Whitehead, safety

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We spend so much time talking about Sauce Gardner that you may have missed the news. There's another cornerback the Jets have playing on the opposite side of the formation.

D.J. Reed is out. He is missing another game with a concussion. Bryce Hall figures to step in and draw some DeVonta Smith duty. After a quiet week, you know Skinny Batman will be looking to make some noise, but keep an eye on the safeties too particularly Jordan Whitehead and Tony Adams.

5. Quinton Jefferson, interior defensive lineman

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Tony Adams #22, Jermaine Johnson #11, Quinton Jefferson #70, Eagles news / Justin Edmonds/GettyImages

Sua Opeta was very impressive last week. He and the interior of the Eagles' offensive line will have their hands full again. Keeping Quinnen Williams off of your quarterback is tough enough, but trust us on this one. This Quinton Jefferson dude is no slouch either.

The latter already has 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the season which is pretty good for an interior defensive lineman.