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5 highest-graded NY Jets players by PFF through 3 weeks

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NY Jets, Folorunso Fatukasi
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1. Folorunso Fatukasi, DT, NY Jets

The highest-graded player on the Jets is the player who was the second highest-graded on the team (behind Quinnen Williams) last season, Folorunso Fatukasi.

Fatukasi has developed into one of the most consistent and dominant run stoppers in the NFL. Through three games, the Far Rockaway native has a PFF grade of 78.6 that ranks 12th out of 122 qualified interior defensive linemen.

That grade is undoubtedly carried by a fantastic 76.3 run-defense grade that ranks 10th at his position. But while he'll likely always be a better run defender than pass rusher, his 64.6 PFF pass-rush grade is still good for 42nd out of 105 qualifiers.

Fatukasi is an elite run defender who more than holds his own as a pass rusher. And soon, he's going to receive a well-deserved payday.

The former sixth-round pick leads the Jets with seven run stops that he's accumulated on just 61 run-defense snaps. He's averaging a stop on nearly nine percent of snaps which is among the highest rates in the NFL.

It's important to remember that Fatukasi is playing a new role too. He's spent the majority of his career as a 3-4 run-stuffing nose tackle, but he's been asked to play more of a one-technique defensive tackle role in the Jets' new 4-3 scheme.

Evidently, it hasn't had an impact on his production.

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Fatukasi has proven that he's versatile enough to excel in any defensive system. And with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Jets would be wise to pay a man who's been arguably their most consistent player over the last few years.

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