7 NY Jets players who disappointed the most in the 2022 season

Justin Fried
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6. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets

Michael Carter was a revelation for the Jets in 2021. The fourth-round rookie went on to lead his team in rushing, taking over the RB1 job only a few weeks into the season.

Carter averaged a very healthy 4.3 yards per carry and contributed in the receiving game as well, adding 36 catches for 325 yards. When the Jets drafted Breece Hall the following offseason, the thought of a Hall/Carter one-two punch had many Jets fans excited.

Hall quickly emerged as the lead back, but following his devastating injury, Carter was once again given an opportunity to be the primary ball carrier. He didn't exactly light up stat sheets, however, and the likes of undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight and Ty Johnson cut into his touches.

Carter just didn't look the like the same player he was in 2021. Perhaps it was due to injury (and the Jets' offensive line certainly didn't help matters), but 3.5 yards per carry isn't going to get the job done.

Carter was the third or fourth most effective running back on the Jets' roster this season. That certainly qualifies as a disappointment.

5. George Fant, OT, NY Jets

It's easy to forget now, but George Fant was legitimately one of the best pass-blocking left tackles in football a year ago. There were ongoing extension talks between the Jets and Fant, and many had high hopes for the veteran tackle going into 2022.

Things got off to a rocky start after Fant missed most of the summer recovering from offseason knee surgery while also flipping back and forth between left and right tackle. He would start the first three games of the season, but it quickly became apparent that Fant wasn't close to 10 percent.

Fant spent time on the injured reserve and returned to start four of the final five games of the season at right tackle before landing on the IR again for the final week. All told, Fant started seven games and looked nothing like the player he did last season.

He led the team with a whopping five sacks and eight QB hits allowed despite his limited sample size. No other player on the roster allowed more than four QB hits. Fant was clearly hampered by injury, but don't expect him to be back in 2023.

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