Arrests a problem, but what about Donahue as a player? Dan Leberfeld

Jets outside linebacker Dylan Donahue had two drunk driving arrests in nine months, one in Montana (May, 2017) and the other in the Lincoln Tunnel (February, 2018).

Hopefully he got the help he needs; the Jets are clearly standing by him.

I’m not minimizing drunk driving which is a very serious matter, but let’s look at this from a football standpoint for a second.

Donahue is far from a lock to make the team. In fact, it was a shock he made the team last summer, before landing on IR a few weeks later with an elbow injury.

But then again, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan tends to keep all his draft picks, so maybe it wasn’t a shock.

I’m not saying the Jets should have dumped him totally, but he had “practice squad” written all over him last August. Donahue making the final 53 was a dubious football decision.

Donahue had trouble getting off blocks last summer in training camp and preseason games. He has very short arms, which is a major disadvantage for an edge-rusher.

During camp, he was often engulfed by long-armed Jets’ offensive tackles.

This is a player who has a lot of work to do.

He was drafted as an edge-rusher, and has issues getting off blocks.



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