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Folorunso Fatukasi Signs With Jacksonville Jaguars

Folorunso Fatukasi

NFL defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi has signed a new contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The veteran has spent the first four seasons of his career with the New York Jets.

Folorunso Fatukasi, Jacksonville Jaguars, Agree to Contract

One thing that jumps out about Folorunso Fatukasi is in 2021 he played just 53% of defensive snaps. Yet, on a team that rotates their defensive linemen as much as the Jets, his 558 snaps were a career-high. Fatukasi wound up posting career-highs in total tackles, quarterback hits and started all 15 games he played in. He also registered five tackles for a loss, eight quarterback pressures, but no sacks. Fatukasi has become one of the stop run-stuffers in the league in four seasons, and the potential is still there to become a three-down defensive tackle. After all, 2021 marked his first year in the pros playing in a 4-3 scheme, as opposed to the 3-4 scheme he began his career in.

Folorunso Fatukasi entered the NFL in 2018 as a sixth-round pick out of Connecticut. One of the rare day three successes for former Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan, Fatukasi only dressed for one game as a rookie, before taking on a rotational role his second year. He became Steven McLendon’s backup, before taking the job halfway through 2020, following McLendon’s mid-season trade. From 2019-to 2020, Fatukasi saw more playtime, starting eight of 29 games played, with 69 tackles, three sacks, and 13 tackles for a loss. A large part of the reason the team was comfortable dealing McLendon is because of Fatukasi’s potential. Nevertheless, Fatukasi’s pass-rushing ability has yet to come to fruition as of 2021.

On March 4th, 2022, Fatukasi turned 27-years-old, meaning his best years could still be ahead of him. His size at 6’4″ and 318-pounds and scheme versatility are sought out by any team in today’s league. As the 6’4” and 318-pound lineman enters his fifth season, Fatukasi could wind up being a big free agency steal.

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