Jets must prioritize offensive line moving forward
By William Snell Jr.
It is no secret the New York Jets have just recently gotten their hands on some talented offensive weapons for the upcoming season. While this has been a thrilling offseason for Jets fans, weapons alone will only bring short-term success. The key to teams who dominate, and have sustained success, is the offensive line. I bring this up not to be a downer, but because of an ironic tweet.
Le'Veon Bell running behind the NY Jets offensive line this season. pic.twitter.com/SbjVX9esT1
— Antonio Brown Has A Mangina (@DevinBushFan) March 15, 2019
With a young quarterback in Sam Darnold, the Jets must prioritize their next steps to protecting him. Now, with Le’Veon Bell in the backfield as well, the Jets’ offensive line is going to have to step up big time. There is unprecedented talent in the Jets backfield, but they are worthless, without the five up front. It’s cliche, but true.
The Jets have shown they recognize they need to revamp the offensive line by signing Kelechi Osemele. Osemele will be a fix for the Jets offense in the short term, adding an experienced guard. Where the Jets failed big time was at Center. With the injuries and bad snaps surrounding the Center position, the Jets neglecting going after a new one was a big misstep.
Aside from this, the Jets offensive line looks like a nursing home next to the league average. The NFL’s best offensive lines averaged around 25 years old. The Jets sit at 28, proving it is time to start developing young guy’s in the trenches.
What is the solution? The Jets also need a pass rusher, and with the third pick in this draft they have the choice to go with a top tier pass rusher or any offensive lineman at the top of the board. Let us know in the comment section whether the Jets should focus on the offensive line, or go for Nick Bosa or Josh Allen. If Bosa is around, the Jets should take him at three without a doubt. The Jets should definitely think about drafting an Offensive Lineman, but regardless it it time for the Jets to start rebuilding a young front five. Everyone is expecting great things for this Jets roster in the near future, but if the Gang Green really want to make a run, they have to start focusing on an offensive line revamp.