This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
The NFL has seen its share of opt-out and injury-related turbulence early in its mid-pandemic training camp expedition, and the IDP player pool is no exception. This article will compile some of the developments from the past week that might hold repercussions for IDP projections.
Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley chose to opt out of the 2020 season, postponing his third game as a Jet to the 2021 season after his 2019 season was ended by a groin injury suffered in Week 1, which shut him down following a comeback attempt in Week 7. Considering the five-year, $85 million investment the Jets made in Mosley before last season, his absence has a profound effect on the plans of the Jets defense.
Following Mosley's injury last year, the Jets initially replaced him with then-rookie fifth-round pick Blake Cashman until Cashman's season ended due to a fracture and torn labrum in his shoulder after Week 8. James Burgess was the replacement after that point. These two played next to Neville Hewitt, who began the season as the starting inside linebacker next to Mosley.
Hewitt, Cashman and Burgess are all back for 2020, though their exact depth chart order is probably undetermined for now. It's all complicated further by the signing of free agent linebacker Patrick Onwuasor from Baltimore to a one-year, fully-guaranteed $2 million deal. Given his starter distinction last year, we can probably consider Hewitt the favorite from the initially listed three, but Cashman has a lot