Player Outlook
The Jets DST has the potential to be a top-five Fantasy option this season and is worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues. In 2022, the Jets defense was third in the NFL in points allowed at 302, trailing only the 49ers and Bills. New York also managed 45 sacks, 12 interceptions, four fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown, but there's reason for optimism with the Jets DST under coach Robert Saleh. The secondary for the Jets is impressive, led by sophomore cornerback Sauce Gardner, and Quinnen Williams is among the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL. Fantasy managers should consider the Jets DST a No. 1 option and worth drafting with a late-round selection in all leagues.

Fantasy News

  • Maalik Hall: Let go by New York

    The Jets waived Hall (undisclosed) on Friday, Howard Balzer of GoPHNX.com reports. Hall missed all of the Jets' 2023 campaign due to an undisclosed injury and the team has since decided to move on from the 25-year-old. The Southeastern Oklahoma State product has yet to appear in an NFL game after recording 77 total tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss, during his final collegiate season.
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  • Jets' Michael Carter: Nine passes defensed in 2023

    Carter finished the 2023 season with 50 tackles (37 solo) and nine passes defensed over 15 games. Carter was among the league's top performing nickel cornerbacks while Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed patrolled the outside for a Jets secondary that allowed the fewest catches, receiving yards and touchdowns to wide receivers in 2023. While Carter's 50 tackles were a career low, he posted nine passes defensed for a second consecutive season. The 2021 fifth-round draft pick is expected to reprise his role in the slot in the final year of his rookie contract in 2024.
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  • Jets' D.J. Reed: Formidable CB trio with Sauce, MCII

    Reed finished the 2023 season with 76 tackles (62 solo) and one interception among his nine passes defensed in 15 games. Sauce Gardner, Reed and nickel cornerback Michael Carter formed the league's stingiest cornerback trio. Reed is the senior member of that group at age 27, and he has been remarkably consistent, posting between 76 and 80 tackles and between nine and 12 passes defensed in each of his last three seasons. All three cornerbacks are projected to be back in 2024, with Reed entering the final year of his contract with the Jets.
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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' John Franklin-Myers: Finishes 2023 with 3.5 sacks

    Franklin-Myers posted 3.5 sacks among his 33 tackles (15 solo) and added three passes defensed over 17 games in 2023. Franklin-Myers is overshadowed by some bigger names on the Jets' defense, but he's a key contributor in his own right. JFM didn't miss a game in 2023 and played more than half of the team's defensive snaps in all but three games. His ability to shift between the edge and interior should allow Franklin-Myers to reclaim a prominent role on New York's defensive line in 2024.
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  • Jets' Bryce Huff: Set to be UFA after 10-sack season

    Huff finished the 2023 season with 10.0 sacks among his 29 tackles (19 solo). He also had one pass defensed. Huff struggled to earn consistent playing time in his first three NFL seasons due to his deficiencies defending the run, but he was among the league leaders in pass-rush win rate. The 25-year-old edge rusher saw the field more frequently in 2023 -- playing between 37 and 54 percent of snaps in each of the final 14 games -- and continued to get to the quarterback at an elite rate. Huff's pass-rushing prowess is likely to earn him a substantial raise as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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  • Jets' Jermaine Johnson: Breaks out in second season

    Johnson had 7.5 sacks among his 55 tackles (36 solo) in 2023, while adding seven passes defensed, including an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Johnson's 37-yard pick six in Week 17 against the Browns was the cherry on top of a breakout sophomore season in which the 2022 first-round draft pick showed off his versatility with 7.5 sacks and seven passes defensed. Johnson's expected to maintain a starting role on the edge in 2024.
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  • Jets' Sauce Gardner: Rarely challenged in second season

    Gardner finished 2023 with 57 tackles (41 solo) and 11 passes defensed. Gardner's box score stats were less impressive in his second season compared to his rookie campaign -- when he led the league with 20 passes defensed -- but that was due primarily to a lack of opportunities, as opposing quarterbacks rarely challenged the standout cornerback. Gardner was a first-team All-Pro for the second time in as many years and is already the best cover corner in the NFL, though he'd like to add more interceptions to his ledger.
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  • Jets' Quinnen Williams: Just 5.5 sacks in 2023

    Williams finished the 2023 season with 5.5 sacks among his 62 tackles (39 solo) while adding an interception among his three passes defensed. Even with 2.0 sacks in the season finale against the Patriots, Williams finished with his lowest total in that category since his 2.5-sack rookie season in 2019. The standout defensive tackle was named to the Pro Bowl nonetheless, as Williams set a new career high in tackles and picked up his first interception in the Week 6 win over the Eagles. Williams' presence on the interior frees up the team's pass rushers on the edge, and the engine that drives New York's defense will be back in 2024.
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  • Jets' Tony Adams: Starts 15 games in 2023

    Adams finished the 2023 season with 82 tackles (54 solo) and seven passes defensed, including three interceptions. After posting just 17 tackles in his rookie season, Adams played a much larger role in his second NFL campaign. The 24-year-old safety started in all 15 of his appearances and finished strong, with two of Adams' interceptions coming in his last three games. He'll be back with the Jets in 2024, though the team could bring in competition for the starting free safety role.
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  • Jets' Jordan Whitehead: Three tackles shy of 100 in 2023

    Whitehead (calf) finished the 2023 season with 97 tackles (65 solo) and four interceptions among his nine passes defensed. Whitehead picked off Josh Allen three times in Week 1, and while he notched only one interception the rest of the season, the starting strong safety was a key contributor in the Jets' elite secondary. He set new career highs in tackles and passes defensed while appearing in all 17 games, though Whitehead exited the season finale due to a calf injury. Once the calf is healed, Whitehead will likely generate plenty of interest as a free agent, with the Jets among his potential suitors.
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  • Jets' Quincy Williams: Gets All-Pro nod for career year

    Williams finished the 2023 season with 2.0 sacks among his 139 tackles (95 solo), as well as 10 passes defensed, including one interception. Williams was named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, as he was among the league's top performers at linebacker. After exceeding 100 tackles in each of the previous two seasons, Williams set a career high in that category, and his 10 passes defensed were three more than Williams had in 49 NFL appearances entering 2023. Williams will be back with the Jets in 2024, having signed a three-year contract prior to the 2023 campaign.
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  • Jets' C.J. Mosley: Third straight 150-tackle season

    Mosley finished the 2023 season with 152 tackles (81 solo) and seven passes defensed. Mosley's season totals included one interception and 0.5 sacks. The veteran linebacker showed no signs of slowing down at age 31, exceeding 150 tackles for a third consecutive campaign. Mosley has posted either seven or eight passes defensed in six of nine NFL seasons. The Jets may restructure Mosley's contract to bring down his $21.5 million cap hit in 2024, but he's likely to return as a key figure on one of the league's best defenses next season.
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  • Jets' Tanzel Smart: Signs new deal with New York

    Smart signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official website reports. Smart went back and forth between the Jets' active roster and their practice squad throughout the 2023 campaign, recording two tackles while appearing in four contests. He'll now have another shot at carving out a permanent spot on the team's active roster in 2024.
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  • Jets' Quinton Jefferson: Recovering from two groin tears

    Jefferson said Monday that he is recovering from surgery to repair two ruptures to his groin, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Jefferson also said that he plans to be ready for action before the Jets' training camp starts in the summer. Over 14 games in 2023, he recorded 34 tackles (13 solo), including a career-high six sacks.
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  • Jets' Jordan Whitehead: Leaves with injury

    Whitehead (calf) exited Sunday's game against the Patriots and is doubtful to return, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports. Whitehead's early departure will leave the Jets with little depth at safety. In his absence, Ashtyn Davis will likely take over at strong safety. Whitehead recorded no statistics prior to his exit and will finish the 2023 season with 97 tackles, nine pass breakups, four interceptions and one half-sack over 17 appearances.
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  • Jets' Jordan Whitehead: Posts solid tackle numbers

    Whitehead recorded eight tackles (six solo) in Thursday's 37-20 loss at Cleveland. Whitehead managed his seventh game with eight-plus tackles this season in Week 17, bringing him within just three total tackles of his first 100-tackle year as a pro. He'll look to get to that milestone in New England in Week 18.
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  • Jets' C.J. Mosley: Creates turnover in loss

    Mosley recorded eight tackles (four solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Thursday's 37-20 loss at Cleveland. Early in the second quarter, Mosley punched the ball out of the arms of David Njoku in the open field and stuck with the play to eventually come up with the loose football. He also tallied eight-plus tackles for the 10th time over 16 games this season. The Jets travel to New England in Week 18.
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  • Jets' Tony Adams: Up to 80 tackles in 2023

    Adams posted eight tackles (five solo), including two tackles for loss, in Thursday's 37-20 loss to the Browns. Adams tied his second-highest tackle total of the season and shared the team lead Thursday with Jordan Whitehead and C.J. Mosley. The 24-year-old safety has been a pleasant surprise for the Jets in his second NFL season. Adams has made 14 starts, racking up 80 tackles (54 solo) to go with a pair of interceptions.
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  • Jets' Quincy Williams: Raises season total to 131 tackles

    Williams recorded seven tackles (five solo) and forced a fumble in Thursday's 37-20 loss to the Browns. Williams notched his second forced fumble of the season while pushing his tackle total up to 131 (91 solo). The 27-year-old linebacker's strong 2023 season has also included 10 passes defensed and an interception, as Williams has grown into a three-down role after working exclusively as an early-down run stopper in previous seasons.
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