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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Quiet rookie season

    McDonald finished his rookie season with 3.0 sacks among his 14 tackles (nine solo) while adding a forced fumble and a fumble recovery over 15 games.

    Despite being a first-round selection (15th overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft, McDonald was limited to a reserve role on the Jets' deep defensive line in his first NFL campaign. There were questions about his ability in run support entering the NFL given his 6-foot-3, 241-pound frame, and McDonald was used primarily as a pass-rush specialist in 2023, but he was outclassed in that role by Bryce Huff (10.0 sacks) while failing to exceed 30 percent of defensive snaps in any game. With Huff set to become an unrestricted free agent, McDonald could see a bump in usage in 2024, and the Jets will be hoping he progresses similarly to 2022 first-round draft pick Jermaine Johnson, who jumped from 2.5 sacks as a rookie to 7.5 in his second season.

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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Gets first career sack

    McDonald recorded a sack for his lone tackle in Sunday's 30-6 win over the Texans.

    McDonald logged his first full sack in the fourth quarter, bringing his season total up to 1.5. The 2023 first-round draft pick brought down backup quarterback Davis Mills, who had replaced the injured C.J. Stroud (concussion) on the previous drive.

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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Active for Week 11

    McDonald (ankle) is active Sunday versus the Bills.

    McDonald was forced to miss the team's Week 10 loss to Las Vegas while dealing with an ankle injury, but he'll make his return to the field Sunday against Buffalo. The rookie has recorded two tackles, including a half-sack, over the last two games in which he's appeared.

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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Questionable due to ankle injury

    McDonald (ankle) has been deemed questionable for Sunday's Week 11 matchup with the Bills.

    McDonald missed the Week 10 loss to Las Vegas due to his knee issue and is in danger of sitting out this coming Sunday as well. He did manage to log a trio of limited practices this week, so he seems to have a chance of suiting up against Buffalo. If he does miss the clash, however, Carl Lawson could potentially get more reps.

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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Limited on practice estimate

    McDonald (ankle) was listed as a limited participant on the Jets' practice estimate Wednesday, Rich Cimini of reports.

    It seems to be a step in the right direction for McDonald after he sat out of Sunday's loss at Las Vegas. He'll still probably need to upgrade to full participation Thursday or Friday to avoid carrying an injury designation into the weekend.

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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Won't play Sunday night

    McDonald (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

    McDonald popped up on the team's injury report after not participating in Friday's practice. He has contributed both on special teams and as a depth edge rusher behind John Franklin-Myers and Jermaine Johnson this season. Bryce Huff is more likely to get an uptick in defensive snaps than veteran Carl Lawson, with the former recording five sacks over his last four games.

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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Questionable after missing practice

    McDonald (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Las Vegas, Rich Cimini of reports.

    It's not clear when McDonald sustained the ankle injury or how severe it might be at this point. If he can't suit up in Week 10, Carl Lawson will likely see more work at defensive end against the Raiders.

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  • Jets' Will McDonald: Unavailable for Week 2

    McDonald (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Connor Hughes of reports.

    A rookie first-round pick, McDonald recorded one tackle across 13 offensive snaps in Week 1, but he won't suit up in Week 2. This comes as a bit of a surprise, but it appears McDonald is near the bottom of the depth chart for the time being.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 236 lbs
Birthplace: Pewaukee, WI
Age: 25
School: Iowa St.
Experience: 2