Jul 26, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Willie Colon (66) walks out to the field prior to the start of training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets in Talks with Guard Willie Colon

Per the Twitter account of CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora, The New York Jets are in talks with offensive guard Willie Colon and are interested in bringing him back for this upcoming season.  Pro Football Focus had Willie Colon as #28 on the list of Top 75 free agents. You can check out the rest of the list here.

Willie Colon is a nasty player who definitely plays with a chip on his shoulder. He was key contributor to the success our offensive line had last year, for the most part. He brought the nastiness and physicality that is critical to success in the trenches. Not only does that influence his fellow offensive lineman, but to put it plainly, that is the kind of attitude that you want in the locker room. A veteran like Colon not only sets the tone with that intensity, but expects it from each and every player in the locker room.

Per Pro Football Focus, Willie Colon surrendered just 18 pressures in 580 passing attempts last year. That is a great ratio and makes up for the fact that he isn’t the best run blocker in the league. Couple that with the fact that Marty Mornhinweg runs a pass happy west coast offense; that could make for Geno Smith having some nice time for not only the quick, timing based three step drops, but with vertical, down field routes as well. Even coming off of a torn bicep, Colon’s resigning would help secure a guard position on an offensive line which is critical to success of Geno Smith in his sophomore year.  You can surround him with all the pieces in the world but if he doesn’t have time to set his feet and throw, it means nothing. It all starts up front and if Colon resigns, it would be a step forward in the right direction.

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  • AC

    Colon needs to be re-signed. We can’t have a revolving door on the O-line. Most of the pressure Geno faced last season was right up the middle, mostly through Winters. I’d like us to replace him, but Colon is a must sign.

    • Edwin Cuquito Camacho

      Absolutely. Reference my response to the comment above. They have to bring in some competition via the draft. After cuts etc there might even be some free agent linemen out there you could take a flier on. BUt overall I agree Colon has to be resigned. He brought some much needed grit to the Jets locker room

  • Roast Beef

    So from left to right, we have Brick, Winters, Mangold, Colon, and Giacomini. Are there any other plans for o-line or is this pretty much it?

    • Edwin Cuquito Camacho

      You would have to think that they bring in some competition for Winters. He got better towards the end of last year but nothing to really run home about. IMHO, I believe that with a few of the later draft spots they have to pick up some O Line help. Abhoushi, Vlad, Schlauderaff etc didnt impress and you pretty much know what you are getting with them.