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Building A Jets Core: Carl Lawson

New York Jets Training Camp Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

We have the ninth core member of the New York Jets, as voted by all of you. And the winner is: Carl Lawson, Edge! Lawson is the first free agent signing on the list. Lawson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 116th pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He had a productive run with the Bengals, ranking near the top of the NFL in pressuring the quarterback, but his sack numbers were somewhat pedestrian. Lawson has had trouble staying healthy, missing 29 games in his five years in the NFL. The Jets signed him to a significant contract last year as an unrestricted free agent, but Lawson tore his achilles tendon in the preseason and never played a snap for the Jets. The Jets hope Lawson will have a full recovery and regain his form as a top pass rusher for the team.

With Lawson taking the 9th spot, our crowd sourced Jets Core 2023 looks like this:

  1. Zach Wilson
  2. Alijah Vera-Tucker
  3. Elijah Moore
  4. Michael Carter I
  5. Bryce Hall
  6. Quinnen Williams
  7. Mekhi Becton
  8. John Franklin-Myers
  9. Carl Lawson
  10. ?

Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to think alongside the Jets’ staff and vote for who you think are the most likely players to form the Jets core and still be here on opening day of the 2023 season. Nobody knows for sure how things will play out. Evaluating the chances of some of the younger players who have barely scratched the surface yet is tricky, but we know who the coaching staff is and what type of players might fit their system, so let’s give this a shot. Let’s crowd source a Jets Core 2023.

Through late February I’ll be putting up a daily poll asking GGN to vote on the most likely current Jets players to still be with the team in 2023. I’ll include some current Jets that are not under contract for the 2022 season and may leave in free agency this year, but I will not include any player in college, in the 2022 NFL draft, currently under contract with another team, or any free agent who wasn’t with the Jets at the end of 2021. The idea here is to build a list of the current Jets players you think will most likely make up a core group the team will build around to begin to construct a playoff contender.

If a name you think should be on the poll is not there you can write in candidates in the comments section. If a player gets support in the comments I’ll add him to the poll.

We all have different views on various Jets players. What we’re looking for here is the community’s collective view of the players who might help lead the Jets out of the wilderness in the coming years. Your views may or may not coincide with the community’s, and either way that’s OK.

So let’s get to it. Today we continue with the number 10 Jets core player. Who will it be? Vote early, vote often, and let’s hear who you think are the players that will be the Jets leaders of the future.


Who is the #10 Jets player most likely to be with the team in the 2023 season?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    George Fant
    (151 votes)
  • 8%
    Corey Davis
    (65 votes)
  • 3%
    Connor McGovern
    (24 votes)
  • 5%
    Brandin Echols
    (40 votes)
  • 27%
    Michael Carter II
    (201 votes)
  • 8%
    Braxton Berrios
    (62 votes)
  • 14%
    C.J. Mosley
    (104 votes)
  • 6%
    Quincy Williams
    (45 votes)
  • 1%
    Folorunso Fatukasi
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Ashtyn Davis
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Jamien Sherwood
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Hamsah Nasirildeen
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jason Pinnock
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike White
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Braden Mann
    (10 votes)
726 votes total Vote Now