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NY Jets: The defensive line has a chance to be elite in 2021

NY Jets, Quinnen Williams
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NY Jets, Foley Fatukasi
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The NY Jets will boast a deep defensive line rotation

Williams and Lawson give the Jets two top-tier players at their position, but it's the depth around them that truly makes this defensive line spectacular.

Folorunso Fatukasi returns in 2021 fresh off another outstanding season in which he was ranked as PFF's second-best run-stopping interior defensive lineman.

His 80.1 overall grade ranked as the 14th best out of all interior defenders while his 86.2 run-stop grade was one of the best grades given out in years.

There's also John Franklin-Myers whose 51 pressures ranked eighth among all interior defensive lineman in 2020. Franklin-Myers will likely rotate between the interior and the edge and look to build off a career year.

The Jets signed Sheldon Rankins in the offseason to further strengthen an already stout unit. Rankins, a former first-round pick, was excellent a couple of years ago, although injuries have stunted his career a bit.

If Rankins can return to his 2018 form, it'll be difficult to keep him off the field. At the very least, he's should receive plenty of snaps as both a three and one-technique defensive tackle in the interior rotation.

Those will be your primary contributors.

A top-five (in 2020) defensive tackle who's just 23-years-old. A top-10 edge rusher coming off a dominant season. Arguably the best run-stuffing nose tackle in the NFL. A hybrid edge/interior lineman who ranked top-eight in pressures a year ago. And a former first-round defensive tackle with a high ceiling as a pass-rusher.

Throw in the likes of Vinny Curry, Bryce Huff, Jabari Zuniga, Kyle Phillips, Nathan Shepherd, and Jonathan Marshall who will all be competing for playing time/roster spots and you have easily the most complete unit on the roster.

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