2013 New York Jets: Alternative Solutions at Offensive Guard

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Matt Slauson (68) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Brandon Moore (65) looks to make a block during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest issues facing the New York Jets in 2013, although it’s not a “talked about” position, is offensive guard. Both of the Jets starting guards, Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore, are unrestricted free agents. The Jets have a lot of problems with regards to the salary cap as we all know, so keeping both of these guys is not a guarantee. So again, we will be looking at some changes along the offensive line. Let’s first talk about who is more likely to be gone.

It would be nice to say that we could keep Brandon Moore, as he graded out (per PFF) as the fourth best guard in the sport, with a rating of 21.3. The problem is the money. Brandon Moore’s contract that just expired averaged $4 million per year. It is not likely that a guy like him is going to sign for less than that, which will be a problem for the Jets.

Matt Slauson, on the other hand, only had a contract without $1.05 million per year. As hard as it is for us to admit as Jets fans, Vladimir Ducasse is improving with every snap that he is in for. Vladimir played noticeably better, and earned the praise of his coaches, and splitting playing time with Matt Slauson. Bringing back Slauson at a reasonable rate may be a better financial arrangement for the Jets, rather than paying out of their ears for Brandon Moore.

There has been a lot of talk, including with our college writers on this website, about taking Chance Warmack, guard, with their ninth pick in the draft overall.  The pick would certainly make sense as he is a terrific football player.  However, to me, 9th is a little bit high to pick a guard, when there are players available at other needs for the team, such as stand up edge pass rushers.  I am not so sure that I would take a guard with the ninth pick.

So , I have a couple of alternatives, that shouldn’t cost a lot, via free agency, to fill the hole instead.  Turn the page and take a look.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    I would agree on not picking an o-line guard in the first round but not so much because you shouldn’t do it, more so because there are a bunch of them out there. I think is usually the case but know one notices because it’s not a glamorous position. Moore is getting older so I don’t see anybody even picking him up at his present salary requirements, maybe he would settle for less just to retire a Jet. I have a problem with Slauson; not only is he not all that solid but it’s pretty obvious that Ferguson has had more than a tough time since Matt has gone full time. Ducasse did look a little better out there but the jury has been out for what seems like a 3 hour lunch on him. We need to throw a knife in the middle of those two and three other college dudes and see who comes out on top. I don’t know Vaquez too well but Levitre I would go for in a heartbeat, unfortunately there’s probably no keeping Moore and Levitre at the same time. Athough there was a noticeable difference in Brandon’s pass blocking as opposed to his run blocking the past two years, I would give him the same latitude as Ferguson. Between Hunter and Howard he has had just as much to worry about, even though Howard has improved in the short time he’s been here.

    • TheJetPress

      See I like Howard. He has the potential to be great, and he actually graded out as a top blocker in the running game. The reason I say you shouldn’t take a guard that early is because you can get one later. Brandon was not even drafted, as my best example.

      Brick actually had a bit of a bounceback year this year, although he hasn’t been as good with Slauson next to him I agree.

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