1. The NY Jets could roll with Max Mitchell
The most likely scenario for the Jets would see the team stick with the player who was called upon to replace Vera-Tucker on Sunday, Max Mitchell. Regardless of what the team's long-term plan is, Mitchell seems likely to start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mitchell was thrust into action early in his rookie season, starting five games for the Jets at right tackle. A knee injury sidelined him midseason before a scary medical condition threatened to derail his football career.
The 2022 fourth-round pick is healthy again and spent much of the summer as the team's primary right tackle, with Mekhi Becton working his way back from injury.
Mitchell held his own as a rookie, but the jury is still out on him being a starting-caliber tackle. The 23-year-old graded out well as a run-blocker on Sunday but struggled in pass protection.
The Jets aren't expecting Mitchell — or any replacement, for that matter — to replicate Vera-Tucker's value. But if Mitchell can prove to be a starting-caliber option, the Jets' offensive line could still find success moving forward.
For now, Mitchell is the odds-on favorite to replace Vera-Tucker. It's a massive opportunity for a young offensive tackle who put together an encouraging rookie campaign.
There is no replacing Alijah Vera-Tucker, but Max Mitchell is the Jets' best internal option to fill in for their star offensive lineman. Expect Mitchell to be given the first crack at the job.