YouTube videos of Robert Saleh helped bring Carl Lawson to Jets: 'It felt like he was talking to me'

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Carl Lawson first Jets Zoom call
Carl Lawson first Jets Zoom call

The Jets introduced defensive end Carl Lawson Thursday after the two sides came to an agreement on a three-year, $45 million deal this week.

Lawson immediately looked like he fit right into what the Jets are trying to build, starting his Zoom call with reporters by praising new Jets head coach Robert Saleh and tapping him as one of the reasons why he wanted to come to New York.

"I had looked up some stuff on YouTube about coach Saleh," Lawson said. "I've heard him throughout the league and I saw he took the job here. I looked at some of his interviews and I just came away with how impressive he was, the message that he was preaching, and even a video where it felt like he was talking to me.

"...He's going to do wonders for my career. ...When you've got a guy that passionate about it, it makes you want to come in here and work each and every single day, and makes you want to come in here and build a culture."

Lawson added that he also looked at this defense and the scheme and felt like it would be a perfect fit.

"There was availability at the [DE] spot, I was like 'wow,' I was thinking about that scheme, that perfectly fits my skill set," he said.

The four-year vet said the fact that his mother is from New Jersey and that his father grew up in New York, as well, were some of the "millions of other things that attracted" him to the Jets.

"This moment is just great man. ...I'm in an organization that really wants me to come in here and thrive, my family is proud of me, it's just a great day," Lawson said with a huge smile across his face.

"I'm excited to play here, I'm excited to be a Jet."