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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  • 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.