NY Jets OT George Fant 'frustrated' about constant position switching

NY Jets, George Fant
NY Jets, George Fant / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets have asked a lot of offensive tackle George Fant over the course of the last 12 or so months. He's moved from right tackle to left tackle, been awarded the starting left tackle job only to move to right tackle and then back to left tackle before Week 1.

It's been a roller coaster for Fant who admitted to reporters on Friday that he's "frustrated" with the situation. The constant switching has made it difficult for Fant to get comfortable at a position and, in turn, could negatively affect his performance.

He told reporters that all he wants is to "get comfortable and play a position" and lamented the fact that he hasn't been able to do that since joining the Jets.

Of course, Fant has still agreed to make the switch back to left tackle just a few days before the team's Week 1 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. He's doing it, but he's not happy about it.

George Fant seemingly isn't happy with the NY Jets

The Jets signed Fant to a three-year, $30 million contract back in 2020. Although he was initially told he would play left tackle, the selection of Mekhi Becton in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft prompted Fant to move to right tackle for the 2020 season.

The results weren't encouraging as Fant struggled at a position he had admitted to not feeling completely comfortable playing. The expectation was that Fant would compete with the newly-signed Morgan Moses for the right tackle job in 2021.

Fant actually won the job and started Week 1, but an injury to Becton forced him to switch sides again. This time, the veteran tackle excelled and was legitimately one of the best pass-blocking left tackles in the NFL.

Fant "competed" with Becton for the left tackle job this summer, but it was always his to lose. The Jets awarded him the job and Fant looked forward to some continuity, especially entering a crucial contract year.

Unfortunately, another injury to Becton prompted the Jets to sign Fant's former Seattle Seahawks teammate, Duane Brown. Brown took over the left tackle job as the Jets once again asked Fant to move to right tackle.

Now, with Brown sidelined for Week 1 and possibly longer, Fant has switched back to the left side. Given that he's coming off a knee injury of his own and trying to secure a new contract, his frustration is understandable.

The Jets love Fant's versatility and believe that to be one of his most valuable traits. Unfortunately for Fant, it's seemingly worked against him over the last year or so. He's too versatile for his own good.

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Ultimately, George Fant will start at left tackle in Week 1 and he'll likely move back to right tackle when/if Brown returns. But he isn't going to be happy about it. He's made that abundantly clear.