4 NY Jets who robbed the team blind in 2023

The Jets didn't get their money's worth with these players

NY Jets, Allen Lazard
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3. Laken Tomlinson, LG, NY Jets

Much like the Carl Lawson signing, the Laken Tomlinson addition seemed like an excellent move on paper. The former first-round pick was fresh off a Pro Bowl 2021 season, was a perfect scheme fit for the Jets' offense, and had missed just one game in his entire NFL career.

To Tomlinson's credit, he has stayed healthy with the Jets — a rare constant in a Jets' offensive line that has been decimated by injuries over the last two seasons. His performance on the field, however, has fallen well short of expectations.

It was fair to believe that Tomlinson would regress slightly with the Jets, given that he was no longer playing alongside All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams. No one would have predicted this, though.

Tomlinson struggled in his first season with the Jets in 2022 and has been even worse this season. The Duke product has given up a whopping 50 pressures this season — nine more than any offensive guard in football.

The gap between Tomlinson (who ranks first in pressures allowed with 50) and the player with the fifth-most pressures allowed (35) is the same as the gap between that player and the guard with the 48th-most pressures allowed.

Tomlinson has been the worst pass-blocking guard in the NFL this season, and it isn't really close. His abysmal 46.7 Pro Football Focus run-block grade also ranks 67th out of 77 qualified guards.

On an offensive line that has started 13 different players this season, Tomlinson is somehow in the conversation for being the worst of the bunch. That's not exactly what the Jets expected from a player they're paying over $13 million per year.