Carl Lawson returns to the field after missing his first season with the Jets
Carl Lawson returns to the field after missing his first season with the Jets

Carl Lawson returns to the field after missing his first season with the Jets

Carl Lawson returned to the training ground on Wednesday for the first time in 11 months.

The Jets defensive end tore his Achilles tendon last August in a joint practice with the Packers in Green Bay. He missed the entire season, spending it in rehab.

“It was horrible,” Lawson said of the senior year. “It is what it is. You get stronger from it, but of course it was tough. I knew I was going to come out on top. You kind of get a callus and keep working and keep the process going.”

Lawson was part of a heavy rotation on the defensive line in his first practice back. The Jets will certainly keep Lawson in training camp and let him get up to speed as the regular season approaches.

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“Carl, he’s a freak,” coach Robert Saleh said. “His work ethic … I’m telling you he was ready to practice in OTAs. We have to protect Carl from Carl in terms of the amount of work he will do because he won’t stop unless we tell him to stop. We’re excited to have him back.”

Carl Lawson returns to the field at Jets training camp on Wednesday.
Carl Lawson returns to the field at Jets training camp on Wednesday.
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Lawson said it’s not important for him to play in preseason games as long as he gets enough work in practice. He said he never had any doubts about coming back and learned from previous injuries — two ACL tears — that he can come back stronger than he was before.

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The Jets are counting on Lawson to spark their pass rush. He had a tremendous camp last year before the injury.


The Jets added a fourth quarterback before camp opened, signing Chris Streveler. The 27-year-old played two seasons with the Cardinals, appearing in seven games and two years in the Canadian Football League before that. The Jets already have three quarterbacks in Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco and Mike White, but Saleh said they felt they needed another to get some reps.

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“They throw the ball so much,” Saleh said. “Giving another guy an opportunity to play in the fourth quarter of preseason games and showcase what he’s got. Just another opportunity to bring a gentleman here and give him a chance to compete.”


Many players wore “Keeper Caps” on their helmets Wednesday. The soft shell goes over the headphones and is meant to better absorb impact in hopes of reducing concussions. The NFL has mandated that linebackers, tight ends and linebackers wear them in practice by the second preseason game (not in games).