5 former NY Jets players who failed with their new teams in 2022
2. Foley Fatukasi, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars
Many were upset to see fan-favorite defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi depart last offseason as the Jacksonville Jaguars paid the former sixth-round pick handsomely, signing him to a three-year, $30 million deal with $20 million in guarantees.
Unfortunately for Jacksonville, Fatukasi fell well short of expectations. The New York native finished with a dreadful 42.5 Pro Football Focus grade that ranked 115th out of 126 qualified interior defensive linemen.
Somewhat shockingly, the once-dominant run-stopper was a disaster against the run in 2022, earning a woeful 39.0 PFF run-defense grade. If you're a box-score watcher, he also finished with a career-low 24 total tackles and just two tackles for loss. He had recorded five or more tackles for loss in each of the last three seasons.
Now, it should be noted that Fatukasi did play through a quad injury for a lot of the 2022 season — that certainly hampered his effectiveness. But Fatukasi was legitimately one of the worst starting defensive linemen in football in 2022. The Jaguars absolutely expected more out of him.
1. Jamison Crowder, WR, Buffalo Bills
Jamison Crowder led the Jets in catches in every season with the organization from 2019 to 2021 and also finished first in receiving yards in both 2019 and 2020. His role had diminished by the time of his departure, but Crowder was still a reliable slot target.
There was hope that he could fill that exact role with the Bills in 2022. Given Buffalo's struggles at the wide receiver position this past season, they certainly could have used him.
Unfortunately, Crowder suffered an ankle injury just four games into the season and would miss the remainder of the year. The 29-year-old finished with just six catches for 60 yards in what was undoubtedly the lowest point of his NFL career.
The Jets dealt with their own wide receiver drama in 2022, but it's safe to say that Crowder wasn't exactly a big loss. The Bills ended up getting next to nothing from him.