NY Jets sign versatile offensive lineman Corey Levin

NY Jets, Corey Levin (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Corey Levin (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets are waiting until the 2021 NFL Draft to make major additions to their offensive line. But they did sign an additional depth piece on Thursday in the form of Corey Levin.

A sixth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2017 NFL Draft, Levin made his NFL debut the following year playing in all 16 games and even making a start.

Prior to joining the Titans, Levin was a four-year starter at FCS Chattanooga where he was twice named first-team All-American and awarded the SoCon Jacobs Blocking Award in both his junior and senior seasons.

He’s bounced around in the NFL over the last two years spending time with both the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears, but he’s yet to suit up in a regular-season game since 2018.

The NY Jets added more depth with Corey Levin

Levin began his collegiate career as a left tackle before shifting inside to guard where he continued to excel. Seen as exclusively an interior prospect, Levin actually saw time at center before guard with the Titans.

The only start of Levin’s NFL career came in a Week 7 outing against the Los Angeles Chargers where he played all 71 offensive snaps at center.

The Georgia native played 140 offensive snaps in 2018 surrendering one sack and getting flagged for one penalty. He finished with a below-average 54.3 Pro Football Focus game and was particularly lackluster in pass protection.

Most recently, Levin spent time on the practice squad of the New England Patriots in September, but was released after just two days.

Perhaps his best value to the Jets comes with his athleticism and experience in a zone-blocking scheme. At 6-foot-4, 307 pounds, Levin is agile and excels when blocking in open space.

His inconsistencies in pass protection will likely limit him to a reserve role with the Jets, if he even makes the roster, but he’s a decent fit in new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur’s system.

Ultimately, this is purely a depth signing of a guy who seems to be a scheme fit, but will have to earn his way on to the roster in training camp and the preseason.

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The Jets will make more significant moves in the draft, but Levin at least provides further depth to the interior of the offensive line.