Aug 1, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
Tomorrow, Jets’ football is finally back! That’s right, tomorrow night, the Jets take on the Detroit Lions to open up the 2013 preseason. How great is this?
One of the things we have talked about on here, aside from the QB situation, as one to watch, is the offensive line. The line is 2/5 brand new, with Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore gone. The line is of the utmost importance to any offense, as we have discussed many times before. How does the leader of the offensive line, Nick Mangold, feel about the progress of the line:
We’re coming along. I think it’s nice having the veterans there in Willie (Colon) and (Stephen) Peterman because even though we don’t have experience together, we have NFL experience and so instead of having to fully explain after something happens, you’re like ‘Hey, you saw that?’ ‘Yeah, I saw that, here’s how we can get better at it.’ I think that’s been a big help and I think personality-wise we’ve got a great set of young guys who are trying to learn, trying to get better and we have a bunch of old guys who are trying to help. I think that goes a long way when you’re talking about an offensive line gelling together.
I love to hear that Nick is feeling good about the line. If anyone is going to know, the bearded Mr. Mangold will. If they can get together on their timing with the new guys, the line can be a force.
Incidentally, Nick also talked about the newly retired Brandon Moore:
Shoot, Brandon’s one of the great players that I’ve been fortunate to play with. We played together seven years which I think in today’s NFL is pretty impressive. He was always a professional. He came in, did his job to the best of his ability, made sure he helped younger guys like guys had helped him. It’s been tough not having him here.