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Building A Jets Core 2023: Michael Carter I

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We have the 16th 2023 core member of the New York Jets, as voted by all of you. And the winner is: Michael Carter I, Running Back! Michael Carter I was drafted by the Jets with the 107th overall pick in the 4th round of the 2021 NFL draft. Carter had a promising rookie year in 2021, piling up nearly 1000 yards from scrimmage. The arrival of Breece Hall in 2022 limited Carter’s production in his 2nd season, as Hall took over the starting role. However, Hall’s arrival wasn’t Carter’s only problem in 2022. Hall only played 7 games. After Hall went down with a knee injury, Carter was so ineffective that undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight eventually surpassed him on the depth chart. Carter ended up with less yards from scrimmage and lower rushing and receiving averages in his 2nd year than his rookie year. 2023 will be a crucial year for Carter to try to regain his form and establish himself as a long term option at running back for the Jets. With Carter taking the 16th spot, our crowd sourced Jets Core 2023 looks like this:

  1. Sauce Gardner
  2. Garrett Wilson
  3. Quinnen Williams
  4. Alijah Vera-Tucker
  5. Breece Hall
  6. D.J. Reed
  7. Jermaine Johnson
  8. Micheal Clemons
  9. Michael Carter II
  10. Elijah Moore
  11. John Franklin-Myers
  12. Max Mitchell
  13. Bryce Huff
  14. Mekhi Becton
  15. Jeremy Ruckert
  16. Michael Carter I
  17. ?

By 2024 many of today’s players will be gone as the Jets braintrust continues to build the roster (or a new braintrust is brought in). A core group of Jets will emerge who will form the backbone of the team Jets fans hope will soon return to the post-season. 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 that core and still be here on opening day of the 2024 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 2024. I’ll include some current Jets that are not under contract for the 2023 season and may leave in free agency this year, but I will not include any player in college, in the 2023 NFL draft, any player currently under contract with another team, or any free agent who wasn’t with the Jets at the end of 2022. 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.

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.

So let’s get to it. 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 2024 season?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Tyler Conklin
    (82 votes)
  • 2%
    Laken Tomlinson
    (10 votes)
  • 19%
    Quincy Williams
    (76 votes)
  • 1%
    Connor McGovern
    (6 votes)
  • 6%
    Zach Wilson
    (24 votes)
  • 2%
    Carl Lawson
    (11 votes)
  • 4%
    Brandin Echols
    (17 votes)
  • 26%
    Zonovan Knight
    (104 votes)
  • 8%
    C.J. Mosley
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Whitehead
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Sheldon Rankins
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    Mike White
    (4 votes)
  • 3%
    Denzel Mims
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Corey Davis
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    George Fant
    (0 votes)
396 votes total Vote Now