5 NY Jets players whose careers went awry in 2023

The 2023 season wasn't kind to these Jets players

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4. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, NY Jets

Alijah Vera-Tucker is the best offensive lineman on the Jets' roster. When healthy, Vera-Tucker has performed at an above-average level, at the very least, and has proved extremely valuable to the Jets due to his versatility.

Unfortunately, following a second consecutive season-ending injury in 2023, health has begun to become a concern for the former first-round pick.

Vera-Tucker has now appeared in just 12 games over the last two seasons as a result of a triceps injury and a torn Achilles. The Jets have a decision to make on his fifth-year option this offseason, and, all of a sudden, that decision isn't as straightforward as it probably should be.

Vera-Tucker's injuries can possibly be chalked up as freak accidents, but one more major injury and the Jets will have to raise serious questions about his future. 2023 was a step back for the Jets' most promising offensive lineman.

3. Chuck Clark, S, NY Jets

The Chuck Clark trade was one of the savviest offseason moves made by general manager Joe Douglas last year. The Jets had acquired a rock-solid, starting-caliber safety, who had quite literally never missed a game due to injury in his NFL career, for the price of a future seventh-round pick.

Clark was expected to slot in alongside Jordan Whitehead as one of the Jets' starting safeties. Unfortunately, his impressive streak of durability came to an end after he suffered a torn ACL in OTAs.

Clark would miss the entire 2023 season as former undrafted rookie Tony Adams filled his role in the starting lineup. This was supposed to be Clark's opportunity to prove he deserved a pay raise in the offseason.

Instead, he never even got to step foot on the field in his contract year. Perhaps the Jets bring Clark back in 2024 and give him another shot. Either way, he missed his chance to get paid due to an extremely unfortunate injury.