Here’s a training camp profile on offensive tackle Brandon Shell who will continue to hone his craft and do his best to prove he can handle starting duties with the New York Jets.
Offensive tackle Brandon Shell enters the 2017 New York Jets training camp with three simple words on his mind—do his job. This offseason, Shell’s brand of quarterback protection outshines his competition for the Jets starting right tackle position.
As with any player, especially one unproven, Shell’s initial role last season was to watch, absorb and use every resource available. Additionally, other expectations entailed being prepared for unexpected events.
Even though the Jets thus far have been inundated with purging, uncertainties, and diversions, the idea of Shell picking up where he left off leaves fans with a nibble of hope.
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Shell is starting the new season with the readiness, conditioning, and determination that rightly positions him for what his team needs.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
Shell made several statements in the last three games he started in 2016. Though solid and meaningful performances, they are of a small sample size and can’t adequately provide the confidence strong enough to justify the lead role of starting right tackle.
Yet, a three-start rookie season is a great stat for a guy who was only supposed to sit back and take notes. Most impressive, his starts against the relentless head-hunting Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake in the December 17th loss to the Miami Dolphins and against the division leaders New England Patriots.
All of which, earned him the highest grade on the Jets offensive line.
2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Having gotten a taste of the pace of the game coupled with his promising performances last season; answering the uncertainty of NJ.com Darryl Slater, can Brandon Shell take over at right tackle for this team next season? Perhaps, the player knows himself best:
“I know there’s stuff I still need to work on” … “You can’t just go out there again and be satisfied, you want to get better and better. I’m very critical of myself and I like to correct the small things.” (NewYorkJets.com/Ethan Greenberg)
If Shell’s mind, body and game approach remain in alignment, then all the ‘small things’ become all the right things.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
The healthiest, strongest, hungriest and most prepared will always win the battle. In other words, the Jets starting right tackle position is now Shell’s to lose.