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Building A Jets Core: C.J. Mosley

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We have the 16th core member of the New York Jets, as voted by all of you. And the winner is: C.J. Mosley, Linebacker! C.J. Mosley was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 17th pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Mosley earned Pro Bowl honors in four of his five seasons with the Ravens. In 2019, as a parting gift by former Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, Mosley was signed as a free agent to a contract so lucrative it would have been nearly impossible for the Jets to get good value. As it turned out, the contract was even worse than anticipated, as Mosley missed almost all of his first season with the Jets due to injury, and he missed his entire second season when he opted out due to COVID-19. In his third season with the Jets Mosley finally got significant playing time. His performance was a mixed bag. Mosley made a ton of tackles, but he was a step slow to play sideline to sideline as the Jets defense required, and he struggled mightily in pass coverage. Mosley will turn 30 years old in the 2022 season. Absent a renegotiated contract, it is difficult to envision Mosley still with the Jets in 2023, when he will be 31 years old, his contract will still be ultra-expensive for a linebacker, and there will be little in the way of dead money if he is cut.

With Mosley taking the 16th 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. Michael Carter II
  11. George Fant
  12. Corey Davis
  13. Brandin Echols
  14. Connor McGovern
  15. Quincy Williams
  16. C.J. Mosley
  17. ?

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. We have just two more slots open. I’ll be shutting the poll down after 18 players are selected. Today we continue with the number 17 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 #17 Jets player most likely to be with the team in the 2023 season?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Braxton Berrios
    (83 votes)
  • 10%
    Folorunso Fatukasi
    (27 votes)
  • 2%
    Ashtyn Davis
    (6 votes)
  • 4%
    Jamien Sherwood
    (11 votes)
  • 2%
    Hamsah Nasirildeen
    (5 votes)
  • 7%
    Jason Pinnock
    (18 votes)
  • 4%
    Mike White
    (12 votes)
  • 8%
    Braden Mann
    (22 votes)
  • 20%
    Bryce Huff
    (50 votes)
  • 0%
    Denzel Mims
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Kenny Yeboah
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Marcus Maye
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Marshall
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Elijah Riley
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Eddie Pineiro
    (5 votes)
247 votes total Vote Now