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Building A Jets Core: Alijah Vera-Tucker

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We have the second core member of the New York Jets, as voted by all of you. And the winner is: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Guard! The Jets used a couple of third round draft picks to trade up from pick #23 to pick #14 in order to select Vera-Tucker in the 2021 NFL draft. They hoped Vera-Tucker would provide an upgrade from the poor guard play the Jets had been getting, and for the most part Vera-Tucker delivered a solid rookie year at left guard. Hopefully he can solidify the position for the next decade.

With Vera-Tucker taking the 2nd spot, our crowd sourced Jets Core 2023 looks like this:

  1. Zach Wilson
  2. Alijah Vera-Tucker
  3. ?

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, and 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 section 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 three 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 #4 Jets player most likely to be with the team in the 2023 season?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Mekhi Becton
    (127 votes)
  • 4%
    Carl Lawson
    (41 votes)
  • 2%
    George Fant
    (24 votes)
  • 26%
    Michael Carter I
    (233 votes)
  • 13%
    Bryce Hall
    (122 votes)
  • 3%
    John Franklin-Myers
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Corey Davis
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Connor McGovern
    (2 votes)
  • 21%
    Quinnen Williams
    (192 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandin Echols
    (7 votes)
  • 2%
    Michael Carter II
    (26 votes)
  • 1%
    Braxton Berrios
    (17 votes)
  • 3%
    C.J. Mosley
    (28 votes)
  • 1%
    Quincy Williams
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Folorunso Fatukasi
    (4 votes)
873 votes total Vote Now