4 NY Jets who must step up following the Chuck Clark injury

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1. Adrian Amos, S, NY Jets

I mean, who else was this going to be? The Jets signed veteran safety Adrian Amos to a one-year contract shortly after Clark suffered his injury. In the simplest terms, Amos is Clark's direct replacement.

The former Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers standout has started 84 consecutive games dating back to the 2017 season. He quite literally never missed a game during his time in Green Bay.

The Jets are hoping that Amos' remarkable streak of durability holds up more than Clark's did. They're also hoping that he can essentially fill the void left by Clark's absence.

It wasn't long ago that Amos was legitimately considered to be one of the best safeties in the NFL. He ranked inside Pro Football Focus' top 20 safeties in every season from 2017 to 2021, including two seasons where he finished as the league's second-highest-graded safety.

Amos is more versatile than Clark, with ample experience at both free and strong safety. He will likely fill the former role with the Jets, although I wouldn't expect the team's safety roles to be as solidified as they were last year.

Much like with Whitehead, the Jets are banking on Amos putting together a bounce-back season. The eight-year NFL veteran is coming off the worst year of his career, in which he finished with a PFF grade of 53.4 that ranked 81st out of 88 qualifiers.

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If the Jets are going to successfully replace Chuck Clark, they'll need Adrian Amos to prove that last season was an anomaly and not a sign of things to come.