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4 underrated moves the NY Jets made in the 2022 offseason

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3. The NY Jets claim Nate Herbig off waivers

Joe Douglas has made a habit out of finding diamonds in the rough on the waiver wire. From John Franklin-Myers to Braxton Berrios to Ty Johnson to Quincy Williams, many key members of the Jets' roster were acquired via waivers.

Perhaps the next addition to that growing list will be offensive guard Nate Herbig.

The Jets claimed Herbig off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles in May, reuniting him with the man who played a part in signing him as an undrafted free agent back in 2019, Joe Douglas.

At just 23 years old, Herbig already has 17 career starters under his belt. The former undrafted free agent started 12 games in 2020 as he filled in for injuries, and he played pretty well.

In fact, Herbig's 71.2 Pro Football Focus grade in 2020 was good for 13th among all offensive guards in the NFL. He accomplished that as a mostly full-time starter at just 22 years old.

Herbig returned to a part-time role in 2021, but still performed at a pretty high level. In five starts, Herbig earned a PFF grade of 68.1 that ranked 31st among all guards.

The Eagles mutually agreed to part ways this offseason with Herbig looking to explore other opportunities. At worst, he's excellent young depth at a very important position.

At best, Herbig is someone the Jets could rely on as a legitimate starting-caliber player if injuries strike the interior offensive line.

You aren't going to find much better young offensive line depth out there than Herbig, and the fact that the Jets were able to claim him off waivers makes this move all the more remarkable.

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