2. Jordan Whitehead
Safety Jordan Whitehead came over to New York in 2022, agreeing to a two-year deal for $14.5 million. Whitehead has been known for his big hits and good IQ but those were some weak spots this season.
The Pittsburgh product is better when he lines up near the line of scrimmage to stop the run but he has trouble on the backend as a pass defender. In 2023, Whitehead gave up 13.3 yards per completion with a team-high seven receiving touchdowns. This is also the most scores he's allowed across six seasons in the NFL.
Furthermore, Whitehead consistently took bad angles when pursuing the ball and missed a high number of tackles. Last year, Whitehead had a missed tackle rate of 14.2% and a career-high 16 missed tackles.
As the last line of defense, it's frustrating for fans to see Whitehead constantly whiff on open-field tackles. The 2018 fourth-round pick knows he doesn't always wrap up when he goes for a tackle and commented on it later in the season.
"I’m not a big guy, so when I try to put all my force into him, a lot of times I don’t use my arms to wrap up. I use my shoulders. That was the big thing." Whitehead said.
Whitehead was third on the team in tackles (97) with four interceptions, although three of them came in the Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills. Despite the solid numbers, Whitehead failed the eye test on numerous occasions.