Heading into training camp with the New York Jets, rookie defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi looks to make a name for himself in his first season in the pros.
The New York Jets continue to address their issues on defense when they selected Folorunso Fatukasi from the University of Connecticut. He was a seen as being a highly recommended player in his position and the Jets see plenty of potential in what he brings to the table. He is looking to prove many people wrong and will look to make a name for himself once training camp begins.
By drafting Fatukasi, the Jets continue to add more young depth to the defensive line to help out Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon, and rookie Nathan Shepherd. He has a lot to learn but also has plenty of upside to his game which Jets fans will be excited about. He brings a very tough mindset and demeanor to the table in that he only cares about football and being the best he can on defense.
Here is a look at Fatukasi’s complete profile as he heads into his first training camp for Gang Green.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
From redshirting his freshmen year to becoming a well-rounded player over the next three seasons, he was a tough player. He was either a first year or second year team all conference player in the American Athletic Conference.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
Expect to see Fatukasi will provide plenty of help in stopping the run and pressuring opposing quarterbacks in a rotational role.
Having Williams and McLendon as veteran leaders, Fatukasi will be able to learn more from them and sub in for them when needed. Through the right training and coaching, Fatukasi can develop into a solid backup as he continues to hone his craft. If he plays like the way he did in college, he should be ready to go and be used in special defensive packages.
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TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Fatukasi is in a position to be the No. 3 defensive lineman on the depth chart. He is a very smart and quick player who should adapt to the pro level in due time. He comes into the league at 6 feet 4 inches tall weighing in at over 305 pounds. He along with Shepherd provide plenty of size and speed on the defensive line. Expect to see him make the final roster once training camp is completed.