The New York Jets have an experienced group up front, led by a new acquisition in veteran guard Kelechi Osemele, who loves the maturity his unit brings to the table.
Heading into the 2019 season, the New York Jets will be leaning on plenty of young players on both sides of the ball.
But one unit that will be drawing from years of experience in the league will be the offensive line, where a core group of veteran starters will provide the foundation for a an offense loaded with young playmakers.
Arguably the best blocker up front for the Jets is also the newest one, as guard Kelechi Osemele joins the Gang Green following a trade with the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason.
With offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp in the books, and training camp just a couple of weeks away, Osemele has already been impressed by the makeup of his new teammates in the trenches (via team reporter Olivia Landis):
This is a very mature group. A lot of these guys have been starting for a long time already, so there really isn’t any pressure for me to be anybody’s big brother to babysit. Guys are professionals and we have a lot of guys who are trying to come into some bigger contracts and want to do well for themselves. And there’s obviously guys that want to play at a Pro Bowl level. Everybody has an accountability and something that they’re trying to accomplish on this line, so we’re pretty self-sufficient and self-motivated, and we’re pretty driven.
While the Jets may lack the star power across the offensive line, they do have some reliable starters with lots of NFL experience in Osemele, fellow guard Brian Winters, center Jonotthan Harrison, and tackles Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell.
With a blossoming second-year quarterback in Sam Darnold, arguably the most dynamic running back in the NFL in free-agent addition Le’Veon Bell, and a long list of other talented players at the skill positions, the Jets are primed for a stellar season on offense.
If this offensive line can lean on their experience and maturity to play the best football of their careers, new head coach Adam Gase could have a fantastic year in his first season captaining the Jets.