Unsurprisingly, the NY Jets have a problem on their hands — how to protect their new superstar quarterback. This has been a significant problem for the franchise over the last few years and is one of the main reasons quarterbacks have had little to no chance at success.
To be fair, new general manager Joe Douglas has tried to address the problem, and anyone that argues differently is not being even remotely fair toward the former Philadelphia Eagles executive.
The Jets have spent enormous draft capital the last four years on premium linemen in the draft, starting with Mekhi Becton in the 2020 draft. In 2021, they moved up to select guard Alijah Vera-Tucker in the first round. Finally, they spent a second-round pick on center Joe Tippmann this past year.
That is a plethora of talent drafted with really high picks demonstrating a really high desire by the front office to address the problem. But Douglas didn't stop there. He also signed Pro Bowl guard Laken Tomlinson to a massive contract last spring and brought in veteran standout tackle Duane Brown to replace the injured Becton.
Despite all of these moves, the line is still the most significant problem for the Jets. They brought in Aaron Rodgers to fix the quarterback problem. They have solved the pass-rushing issue with arguably the best defensive line in football.
The secondary is rock solid with All-Pro Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed. Bringing in Dalvin Cook gives the Jets arguably the best 1-2 running back punch in football. But they need the offensive line to move the ball.
The reality is that Becton cannot stay healthy and can barely play one-half of a preseason game. Brown still has not practiced yet. Joe Tippmann just started getting reps with the first team this week after barely touching the second unit all offseason.
Vera-Tucker and Tomlinson are being "precautionarily" held out. Below are three options for the Jets to still pursue this summer to address their offensive line problem.