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In the AFC East, it is not uncommon for players to switch teams among Miami, New York, New England, and Buffalo. Keeping it in the house has its advantages, as showcased by former Jets tackle Brandon Shell, who recently joined Buffalo. In a similar move, the Jets have announced the signing of Yodny Cajuste, the highly-rated former Patriots 2019 draft pick.
Cajuste was an impressive tackle during his time at West Virginia, with an excellent record of zero sacks and only 12 pressures in 414 pass-blocking snaps during his final season in 2018. Despite concerns about injury, New England opted to select him in the third round of the draft. However, his NFL career has been plagued with setbacks due to a quad injury in 2019, followed by a knee injury in 2020. Since then, he has only started five games and has failed to demonstrate consistency.
The Jets are signing OT Yodny Cajuste, per source. Cajuste, a 2019 3rd round pick of the Patriots, played in 10 games for NE last year.— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) May 30, 2023
Last year, in three starts at right tackle, Cajuste allowed three sacks and 12 pressures with a dismal pass-blocking efficiency rating of 93.4. Nonetheless, he is still a young player with a lot of potential, and the Jets are hopeful that with proper management, he will be able to regain his old form from his West Virginia days.
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In summary, Joe Douglas’ decision to sign Cajuste is a shrewd move, providing camp depth to the team with little risk and much to gain, given his potential. It is a decision that will only enhance the team’s chances for success, and that’s something that every Jets fan can get excited about.