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Why the Jets Must Prioritize Re-Signing Folorunso Fatukasi

With a weak interior defensive line class in free agency, and other positions taking a priority in the draft, retaining Fatukasi is a must for the Jets this offseason.
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Earlier this week, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that improving his defense this offseason is “at the front of [the organization’s] minds” when discussing ways to best help Zach Wilson and the offense improve in Year 2. 

While they certainly need to add some pieces on offense to make directly assist that improvement, he’s dead on by saying the defense needs to do its part to not make every game a shootout for the offense to try and keep pace with.

It’s what made the 49ers’ run with Saleh as defensive coordinator so successful those four years; equip a serviceable offense with a stout defense and allow them to control the game by way of time of possession and the turnover battle. There should be the hope that this Jets offense eventually turns into one of the high-octane units we see around the league, but that jump won’t happen overnight.

As far as long-term projections go, the potential of the current offense gives me way more faith than the current state of the defense. With that in mind, it’s the necessary improvements on defense, not the offense, that will help the Jets start to make the jump as early as next season.

They’ll be able to piece together some nice options between the draft and free agency at edge, linebacker and in the secondary, but there’s one position where the options are few and far between — the interior defensive line. With pending free agent Folorunso Fatukasi being one of the better options at that position, having him back in fold for the 2022 is a must.

New York Jets DT Foley Fatukasi pressures Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
New York Jets DT Foley Fatukasi rushes Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
New York Jets DT Foley Fatukasi sacks Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick


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