As one of the key cogs to the New York Jets offense, will starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum be able to rise to the occasion and provide steady, blindside protection during the 2018 season? Here’s his training camp profile.
With the start of training camp on the horizon, we begin to look at some of the more important players on the roster and what to expect from them this season. Despite not making many headlines, left tackle Kelvin Beachum is undoubtedly one of the most valuable players on the entire roster of the New York Jets.
After battling back from a torn ACL during his 2015 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and an injury-riddled 2016 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Beachum managed to start in all 16 games for the Jets last season. Because of this, Beachum has likely already solidified his place as the team’s starter at left tackle. It is important though, to see that he maintains his health and a solid level of play as training camp begins.
2017 SEASON REVIEW
With varying expectations heading into the 2017 season, Beachum had a mostly positive campaign. He wasn’t able to return to the Pro Bowl level that he displayed in Pittsburgh, but he clearly proved to be a worthy starting left tackle in the NFL. Beachum was never known as the most athletic player, and that aspect of his game has deteriorated even more so due to injuries. However, he has a very refined technical ability which helped to make the 2017 season a successful one for the veteran.
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While the Jets found themselves ranked 9th for most sacks allowed with 47, Beachum held up his end of the bargain as he only allowed six. Beachum was also very impressive as far as penalties go, which is rare for a Jets’ offensive lineman in recent years. He only allowed three penalties for a total of just 20 yards. The numbers show that Beachum, to this point, has been worth the three-year $24 million dollar contract he signed last offseason.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
After a long downward spiral, Beachum seems to have finally gotten his career back on track. If he continues to stay healthy, that trend should continue. If the Jets are going to be a surprise contender and make a playoff push, Beachum will need to have a solid 2018 season as that is what will likely transpire. On top of his solid play, Beachum will also continue to bring a strong sense of leadership and professionalism to the table. Expect another solid season from Beachum with a potential contract extension looming.
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TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
As mentioned earlier, it’s about as clear as day that Beachum is a lock at the starting left tackle spot. No other tackle on the roster has nearly the experience or ability of Beachum as a team’s blindside protector. Barring an injury, it’d be stunning to see Beachum working with anybody but the first team on offense.