Some big news on two key New York Jets was provided yesterday afternoon. Important news relating to the health status of second-year quarterback Zach Wilson and a position update for offensive tackle George Fant was given.
Zach Wilson’s surgery:
More specifics relating to the upcoming arthroscopic surgery on Wilson’s knee were shared Sunday. Wilson, who reportedly has a bone bruise and torn meniscus, is heading to Los Angeles for the surgery, which is scheduled for tomorrow.
There are still some unknowns on the total severity of the injury as well as an exact timetable for a Wilson return. Hopefully, the surgery goes well. Even more, details should be provided over the next few days.
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George Fant’s position change for the New York Jets:
For the third year in his three years with the Jets, Fant will be making a position change. After thriving at left tackle in 2021, Fant now has to move back to where he played in 2020 for the Jets, at right tackle.
It is unfortunate as Fant was relatively dominant and arguably the Jets’ best player in 2021. He has made it known since he signed with the Jets in 2020 that he feels more natural at left tackle.
The good thing, however, is that his first season with the Jets at right tackle was solid nonetheless. He is in the second year of Mike LaFleur’s scheme, which suits him well. Lastly, his confidence should be high following last year’s success and should help him flourish moving positions once again.
If there is any Jet who has recently exhibited a team-first attitude, it is Fant. The team had Mekhi Becton and signed Morgan Moses last offseason. Fant made no noise about the competition and rose up as well as one could.
Yesterday, when the announcement was made official by Robert Saleh, he had this to say about Fant’s leadership, “he’s the ultimate team guy. I know he is going to put in the work and do everything he can to be the best right tackle he can possibly be. But it was a very good, productive conversation.”
In this situation, Becton’s injury for the second straight year is unfortunate. The Jets simply had to sign Duane Brown for Zach Wilson in year two. Brown and Fant were teammates from 2017-19 with the Seattle Seahawks. Brown just has no experience at right tackle over his long career since 2008. For the synergy of the line, it is most ideal as a result to then move Fant to right tackle. In the end, still expect a big 2022 from Fant.