NY Jets news: Chuck Clark tears ACL, who is the Jets' best duo?

NY Jets, Chuck Clark
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The NY Jets were dealt some unfortunate news on Thursday when it was revealed that starting safety Chuck Clark had officially suffered a season-ending torn ACL.

Clark sustained a serious knee injury during one of the final days of Jets OTAs earlier this month. After seeking a second opinion, it has been confirmed that Clark's 2023 season is over before it ever really started.

The Jets traded for Clark, someone who had literally never missed an NFL game due to injury, this offseason with the expectation that he would serve as one of the team's starting safeties. Now, that role will be filled by the newly-signed Adrian Amos.

It's a tragic development for Clark, who will be a free agent at the end of the year. As for the Jets, they'll now rely on Amos and Jordan Whitehead to hold down the safety position.

Other NY Jets news

Who is the Jets' best duo?

CBS Sports' Jeff Kerr recently released a list of every NFL team's best duo entering the 2023 season, and it's not much of a surprise who he selected for the Jets.

Kerr named cornerback Sauce Gardner and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams as the Jets' best duo right now, ahead of players like Aaron Rodgers, Garrett Wilson, and even Breece Hall, who could've been considered.

Both Gardner and Williams were named first-team All-Pro last season. Gardner became the first rookie defensive back in 40+ years to earn that honor, while Williams solidified himself as one of the best defensive players in football.

The Jets have a star-studded young duo of defensive stalwarts to build around in Gardner and Williams.

Mecole Hardman has a new Jet-inspired chain

In many ways, Mecole Hardman and the Jets is one of those few NFL matches made in heaven. The two-time Super Bowl champion earned the nickname "Jet" during his time in Kansas City, and that nickname has followed him to Florham Park.

On Wednesday, Hardman showed off a new diamond chain he purchased featuring three Jets. Hardman's chain was created by Al The Jeweler of Labelle Jewelry, who has also helped make chains for the likes of Sauce Gardner and Stefon Diggs.

The Jets hope to see Hardman live up to his nickname on the field in 2023. Signed to a one-year contract this offseason, Hardman will likely serve as the team's primary slot receiver this season.

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After four exciting years with the Chiefs, Hardman has finally found a new home — one that will embrace his well-earned nickname.