Since everything in Jetsland is seen through the prism of Sam Darnold these days, the story will be that Darnold threw two interceptions in practice Tuesday and was nearly picked off on two other passes.

But the flip side of that and, I would argue, the more important aspect of that is the Jets defense looked opportunistic and aggressive, something that has been lacking in these parts for the last few years.

As critical as Darnold’s development is to the future of this franchise, the performance of the defense may be the bigger key to the 2018 season. On paper, this defense has potential. They have Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye back for their second seasons at safety. They signed Trumaine Johnson to be their No. 1 cornerback, allowing Morris Claiborne to move to No. 2 and Buster Skrine to No. 3, where they are better suited. Leonard Williams has looked like a beast in training camp.

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