New York Jets 2022 Preview: OT George Fant

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In 2020 free agency, the New York Jets signed offensive tackle George Fant. He was one of Joe Douglas’ first additions to the offensive line. Fant is going into year seven of his NFL career and turns 30 years old in less than a week. Now, going into year three with the Jets, expect great production from Fant.

Brief review of 2021:

Fant was arguably the best player on the Jets last year. He started 14 of 15 games he played in at left tackle as a result of Mekhi Becton’s injury. All year long, Fant was an exceptional pass-blocker. He only allowed one sack, which came late in the season. He was hardly ever mentioned for getting beat or making a mistake. Fant was one of the best assets Zach Wilson had as a rookie.

Skill set:

Fant carries good size at 6-foot-5, 322 pounds, with 34 7/8″ arm length. As a former basketball player, Fant possesses incredible athletic ability. His elite athleticism allows him to fit in the zone running scheme led by Mike LaFleur. Another one of Fant’s top attributes is his pass-blocking ability. He utilizes his fluid movement ability in space against faster edge rushers out wide as a pass blocker.

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Projected role:

Nothing has been officially announced on who will be at left tackle between Fant and Becton. Ultimately, expect Fant to be back at left tackle for the Jets in 2022. He has earned the opportunity based on his high level of play from 2021 to build on his accomplishments. This year, look for him to once again be an anchor for Wilson up front in the passing game. Fant will be counted on to contain premier edge rushers and give Wilson time. He will be relied on to help lead this improved offensive line to success.

2022 expectations:

Fant should remain one of the better graded pass-blocking left tackles this season. Expect a minimum amount of sacks allowed, less than five. His quarterback hits allowed on the year should be right around five. His total pressure amount by the end of 2022 should be around 20 over a 17-game season. In terms of penalties, Fant allowed two in 2020 and four last year. Anticipate roughly the same type of production again in 2022. Lastly, with more time in the scheme and the addition of Laken Tomlinson now at left guard, Fant should be even more dominant as a run blocker.

Final preview thoughts:

Fant will be one of the Jets’ best players in 2022. His success from last year should have his confidence greater than ever. With it being the second year of this coaching staff, Fant has familiarity with the scheme. This should only help his comfortability. Fant has the talent and is being looked at as this team’s catalyst in terms of pass blocking. In 2022, Fant will remain a top contributor in his third year with the Jets.