Going into the season, the NY Jets' biggest concern was the offensive line. Through two games, albeit against good defenses, they have been worse than expected.
Per Pro Football Focus, Zach Wilson has been pressured on 53.4 percent of his dropbacks, with defenses only blitzing 19 percent of the time. This is just not good enough for a team that has playoff aspirations.
The current offensive line of Duane Brown, Laken Tomlinson, Connor McGovern, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Mekhi Becton will likely get another game or two before changes are made, but it is time to start thinking about it.
Here are three offensive line changes the Jets could make in the near future.
1. The NY Jets could start Joe Tippmann
The Jets drafted Joe Tippmann in the second round after already re-signing Connor McGovern. Throughout training camp, Tippmann has had experience at all three interior spots, and it is time to start him.
Through two games, McGovern has the team's second-lowest PFF offensive grade (43.6). Tippmann looked good in the preseason and should take over soon if this trend continues.
The Jets' first-round pick and second-round pick are non-factors to start the season — eventually, they have to let them play. Even if they are worried about him snapping the ball, they could put him at guard, where Laken Tomlinson has been underperforming.
Somehow, someway, Joe Tippmann needs to be playing.
2. The NY Jets could move Alijah Vera-Tucker to offensive tackle
The Jets' best offensive lineman is undoubtedly Alijah Vera-Tucker, and although he might be better at guard, offensive tackle is a bigger need, and he played well there last season.
Whether it’s moving him to left tackle or, more likely, moving him to right tackle and letting Mekhi Becton play his more natural left tackle position, it is something the Jets should consider.
Duane Brown has struggled mightily to start the season, and it just makes the Jets' decision not to add any veteran starters to an offensive line that was not very good last season even more surprising.
Vera-Tucker provides great versatility, and this season seems like the perfect time to utilize it.
3. The NY Jets could sign a free agent
The Jets are clearly interested in signing a veteran offensive lineman. They worked out a group of them last week, but the most interesting name to keep an eye on is La'el Collins.
Coming off a torn ACL, the Cincinnati Bengals released the veteran right tackle from the PUP list last week. He is said to have interest from "nearly a dozen teams." There is no word if the Jets are one of those teams, but when the Cowboys released him a few years ago, there was reportedly some interest from the Jets.
Collins would be an interesting addition at this point in the season, and there is a lot of interest. The Jets make sense, as they have a need and some cap space to get a deal done.