10 NY Jets that could make the Pro Bowl in 2023
By Nathan Smith
9. Carl Lawson, DE, NY Jets
The Jets' pass rush worked extremely well in 2022 on the back of an All-Pro season from Quinnen Williams, and while Carl Lawson was still recovering from his Achilles injury, he managed quite an impressive campaign nonetheless.
Lawson racked up seven sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery last season. Now that the Jets have depth at the position, if he can remain 100 percent healthy, we could be looking at the version of Lawson that Jets fans expected when he first signed with New York.
Sure, the production may never reach the elite level that many expected, as Lawson has a way to impact the game without putting up great numbers, but if he can finally start finishing plays, as we've seen in flashes, he should finally get the Pro Bowl honors he's been so close too.
8. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, NY Jets
Many people will point to the loss of superstar running back Breece Hall as a turning point for the Jets' 2022 season. However, losing young offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker was just as devastating, as he proved himself to be one of, if not the most versatile offensive lineman in the NFL.
During his six games before injury robbed him of the remainder of the year, Vera-Tucker started at nearly every position except center along the line, and while that may make it tough to find a spot on the Pro Bowl roster, the line is much more set in stone in 2023.
Ultimately, AVT's best position is guard, and if Duane Brown, Mekhi Becton, Max Mitchell, Joe Tippman, Connor McGovern, and Laken Tomlinson can all stay healthy, we may be looking at the year that Vera-Tucker finally proves himself to be a top guard in the NFL.