The NY Jets will undergo a complete offensive line overhaul in 2020. Despite that, Chuma Edoga is ‘guaranteed’ a starting gig next season.
The NY Jets offensive line was terrible in 2019.
Gang Green tried every possible combination to try and get something to stick but to no avail. All-in-all, the team used nine different offensive line combinations.
They were terrible at run blocking (31st) and they weren’t much better at pass protection (30th), per Football Outsider analytics.
This offseason the team will attempt to overhaul the trenches, but you can only do so much in a couple of months. The offensive line issues the team is suffering through is due to years of neglect.
So it’s super unlikely the NY Jets will have five new starters on the offensive line in 2020.
As a rookie, Edoga ended up starting eight games all at tackle. He had his fair share of good and bad moments, but he did end up allowing seven sacks.
Despite some of his misgivings, the organization likes his long term potential as a pass protector. Connor Rogers of Bleacher Report reiterated that point saying the team likes him as their right tackle of the future on The Jets Zone podcast.
The #Jets Zone w/ @BoyGreen25 feat. @ConnorJRogers, @sticktofootball:– Who should #NYJ chase in free agency?– What Sam Darnold has to do to become an elite quarterback.– Connor explains huge gap between Jerry Jeudy & "Day 2" wide receivers.#TakeFlighthttps://t.co/yGYPLotME2
— The Jets Zone (@TheJets_Zone) February 12, 2020
Outside of Edoga, the four other offensive line positions are all up for grabs. Fortunately, the team has just around $50 million in cap space and an array of picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Here’s a dark horse name to keep an eye out for at left tackle this offseason: Philadelphia Eagles swing tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Barnwell believes general manager Joe Douglas’ old connections could be the bridge to a reunion with the NY Jets.