NY Jets roster: 3 players whose role will decrease in 2021

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NY Jets, George Fant
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2. George Fant, OT, NY Jets

Until last month, the only significant addition the Jets made on the offensive line this offseason was Vera-Tucker. But that changed in late June when the team agreed to terms with longtime Washington Football Team right tackle Morgan Moses.

Moses was released by Washington shortly following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft presenting the Jets, and numerous other teams, with an unforeseen opportunity.

The Jets used their abundance of cap space to aggressively pursue Moses and sign him to a one-year deal worth a maximum of $5 million. Moses will hopefully further solidify the offensive line as the team's expected starter at right tackle.

Once again, that's bad news for the returning starter from the 2020 offensive line, George Fant.

Fant was a serviceable option last season filling the shoes of a full-time starter for the first time in his career. The Jets believed that the athletic Fant would be much more effective in the team's new scheme.

But they weren't going to pass up the opportunity to sign Moses.

Now, Fant is expected to return to the swing tackle role he primarily played in Seattle. It's far from a glamorous job, and it will likely lead to a decrease in playing time, but that doesn't mean the role won't be important.

The Jets' tackle depth was severely lacking with Fant now a significant upgrade over Chuma Edoga and Conor McDermott. And given Mekhi Becton's questionable health, the Jets need a competent player like Fant coming off the bench.

Fant won't be a starter in 2021, but he'll play an important role nonetheless.