Best/worst-case scenarios for all five NY Jets starting OL in 2022

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George Fant, LT, NY Jets

Best Case: If George Fant simply repeats his play from 2021, that will be a huge win for the Jets. Fant was one of the most consistent players for the team last season and established himself as a legitimate top-tier left tackle for the Jets.

All indications are that Fant will get the first crack at the left tackle position. Whichever tackle position he ends up playing, if by the end of the 2022 season the Jets extend Fant to be a solution at either side of the line, it will be a great sign.

He has established himself as a leader in the locker room, and although he will be turning 30 this summer, he is fairly young in terms of snaps in his career and still can have multiple years of top-level play.

Worst Case: While Fant did have a career year last season with the Jets, in years prior he was average at best.

There has been a lot of talk about how Fant never had the ability to focus on one position on the offensive line because he was moved around so much throughout his career. While that might be true, there is a possibility that he regresses to the mean this upcoming season.

That wouldn't mean he suddenly becomes a bad player, but the Jets could see average play from him compared to what they saw last year.

If this is the case, it will be hard to make a true judgment about his long-term fit with the team as he is entering the final year of his contract and will likely be looking to get a long-term deal secured.