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NY Jets LG Alijah Vera-Tucker named to another All-Rookie Team

By Kristen Wong
Alijah Vera-Tucker, NY Jets
Alijah Vera-Tucker, NY Jets / Jim McIsaac/GettyImages
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NY Jets offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team, a nice nod to Vera-Tucker's 2021 season performance.

Vera-Tucker was the only Jets player to make the PFWA All-Rookie team despite solid performances from Zach Wilson, Elijah Moore, and Michael Carter.

The No. 14 pick overall finished the season with the second-highest PFF run-blocking grade among rookie guards (72.1), just behind Kansas City Chiefs left guard Trey Smith, who also made the All-Rookie team.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons won Defensive Rookie of the Year and Rookie of the Year while Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase won Offensive Rookie of the Year.

NY Jets' left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker gets recognition on PFWA All-Rookie team

No Jets player has ever won the PFWA Rookie of the Year or Offensive Rookie of the Year, but defensive end Hugh Douglas did win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors back in 1995.

In 16 starts, Vera-Tucker led the entire Jets offense with 1,026 snaps and registered just two sacks allowed (ranked first among rookie guards who played 80 percent of their team's snaps) as well as six quarterback hits and 34 pressures allowed.

The USC product told reporters that he wants to improve certain areas of his game for 2022, notably his pass protection, but his reliability on the front lines has been crucial to the continued development of the Jets' offense.

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Vera-Tucker and the other eight Jets rookies form one of the more promising 2021 draft classes in the league and should see plenty of action next season.

The awards and recognitions will come in due time.

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