The New York Jets had serious issues all season long with their run defense. They were 29th with 2,351 yards allowed (138.3 per game).
Folorunso Fatukasi, the team’s finest nose tackle and run-stopper, left in the off-season. To fill this need, the organization chose not to use a draft pick or sign a seasoned player like Tim Settle, Harrison Phillips, or Derrick Nnadi.
Most Jets supporters’ primary worry going into camp is probably stopping the run in general. The Jets’ defense might benefit significantly from the addition of a strong defensive lineman who can fill gaps and contribute against the run.
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The Jets’ likely best choice to address this issue is the soon-to-be 13-year veteran Ndamukong Suh.
Suh has demonstrated exceptional toughness. Over the course of his twelve years in the league, he has only missed two games, both of which were in 2011. Suh has at least 717 snaps in every year of his career.
At 6-foot-4 and 313 pounds, Suh would give the Jets the size they need on the interior of their defensive line. A larger tackle who can quickly cover gaps against the run is what the Jets need.
Suh shown last year that he can still contribute in that area, even if the Jets have no need for starter pass rushing skill or even depth. He had the fewest snaps in his lengthy career, yet he still managed to rack up six sacks and 13 QB hits.
The Jets are on a restricted budget, and Suh could eventually be interested in playing for a more established team later in his career. However, if the Jets could add Suh to their already excellent defensive front, it may provide them with the support they require.