The New York Jets need to bolster their offensive line big time this offseason. Here’s to making the case for them to acquire offensive guard Andrew Norwell if he hits free agency.
When it comes to pro football, if you want to win a plethora of football games, it all comes down to the battle of the trenches. The best teams in the NFL, you know, the ones that consistently make and go far in the NFL Playoffs, all have very consistent offensive linemen. Sadly, that wasn’t the case last season with the New York Jets and the overall struggles of their offensive line.
From injuries, a big decline in cohesiveness, and just a whole lot of inconsistency defined what was one of the worst positional units on the team. The offensive line did a terrible job in pass protection and the ground game of the Jets didn’t take off as anticipated due to a lack of setting up the right rushing lanes and gaps.
Hopefully, the Jets add some premier offensive linemen this offseason, especially someone like guard Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers. At 6-6 and 316 lbs., Norwell brings a lot to the table. He’s relatively healthy, consistent, and above all else, is one of the best at his position in the entire league.
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Norwell excels in both pass blocking and run blocking schemes and instantly makes everyone around him better. He works hard on each and every play while helping those around him improve. A leader of men, Norwell is expected to test free agency since it’s looking like the Panthers won’t be using their franchise tag on him.
If he does hit free agency, instead of wanting to break the bank on someone like Kirk Cousins, hopefully, the Jets highly consider bringing Norwell to the mix. He would be an upgrade over anyone they currently have at guard and it could be a smart building step towards bolstering their offensive line tremendously this offseason for the future. Once the Jets get a new center and even a new tackle, then they’ll be in a position to win the battle of the trenches more often than we’ve seen over the past few years.
Considering the Jets will have a lot of money to work with this offseason, means they can undoubtedly afford to spend a good amount of money on acquiring Norwell’s services. He’s worth it and if the Jets want to bring in a young, talented player with plenty of great years ahead of him, Norwell is a no-brainer to invest in.