4 options the NY Jets have to replace Alijah Vera-Tucker

How can the Jets replace Alijah Vera-Tucker?
NY Jets, Alijah Vera-Tucker
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3. The NY Jets could roll with Duane Brown and Mekhi Becton

Alijah Vera-Tucker didn't begin the year as one of the Jets' two starting offensive tackles. It was only after Duane Brown landed on the injured reserve that Vera-Tucker moved over to right tackle.

Brown is eligible to return from the injured reserve as early as Week 8, meaning the Jets could theoretically be without him for just one more week. Perhaps they could consider going back to their original starting tackles in the near future.

Brown struggled mightily through the first two weeks of the season, allowing eight pressures and two sacks before his IR stint. That said, he wasn't exactly set up for success by poor offensive coaching, lackluster quarterback play, and two very difficult matchups.

It's also fair to suggest that Brown wasn't fully healthy earlier in the year. Perhaps his time on the injured reserve will allow his body to heal ahead of his eventual return.

Of course, Brown isn't the only player to consider here. Mekhi Becton has settled into a nice groove at his natural left tackle position. The former first-round pick was one of just three offensive tackles in the entire NFL this week to finish with a Pro Football Focus pass-block and run-block grade north of 80.0.

With Becton thriving at left tackle, should the Jets really consider messing with a good thing by moving him back to the right side? It's a question they might have to answer soon.

Starting Brown and Becton might be the best way for the Jets to get their five best offensive linemen on the field, but it might not be the preferred option.