2013 New York Jets: Alternative Solutions at Offensive Guard

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Nov 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers guard Louis Vasquez (65) warms-up before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

LOUIS VASQUEZ

Louis is one of two free agents that the Jets should look into. He has been in the league only 4 years, and at age 25, is just venturing into his prime now. Getting younger is never a bad idea as well. Although he graded out overall lower than Brandon Moore, with only a 12.8 rating, he was actually better than Brandon Moore in pass blocking. Vasquez actually graded out in the top 10 in pass blocking with a rating of 8.6, while Brandon Moore was in the top 20, but significantly lower at 5.6. We saw Greg McElroy and Mark Sanchez spending a lot of time running for their lives, so improvement in pass blocking would be nice.

Louis also out-blocked Moore in the screen game, with a rating of 3.0 to Moore’s 1.0. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Jets run an effective screen pass? The only difference was in run blocking, where Moore put up a 12.8 vs. Vasquez at -2.0. However, he is young, and can get better. His contract was only worth $821,125 per year as well, so he could be signed at an affordable rate. The Jets should look into this guy.

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre (67) during the game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

ANDY LEVITRE

Here’s another guy that would look good in green, Andy Levitre. He had one heck of a year for the Buffalo Bills, grading out overall just behind Brandon Moore with a 17.3 rating, and performing in almost the same number of snaps (1039 for Levitre, 1086 for Moore). As a pass blocker, he blew Moore away, leading the league with a rating of 16.1. He was also a better screen blocker with a ranking of 2.0.

Again, the difference was in the run blocking, Moore with a 12.8, Levitre with a -0.7. However, Levitre is young. He has also only been in the league for 4 years, and is 26 years old. He is just entering the prime of his career, and can certainly improve as a run blocker. Financially speaking, his previous contract was worth $910,000 per year. He is worth a look.

Just a couple of alternatives to the guard situation.

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