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6 offensive tackles the NY Jets can sign after Mekhi Becton injury

NY Jets, Daryl Williams
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NY Jets, Daryl Williams
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4. NY Jets target: Brandon Shell

I've been a Brandon Shell believer ever since his days in New York, and he proved during his two years in Seattle that he's a starting-caliber right tackle in this league. Unfortunately, injuries have caught up to him in recent years.

Shell missed five games in 2020 and seven games in 2021 due in part to ankle and shoulder injuries. When healthy, though, he's been an average starting tackle.

A former fifth-round pick of the Jets, Shell spent the first four years of his career in New York, starting 40 games for the team. He doesn't have any current ties to the organization, but he remains one of the better options still available.

Shell would step in as a day-one starter at right tackle, allowing Fant to remain at left tackle. Why not initiate a little reunion between the Jets and a player who might not have ever got his due with his former team?

3. NY Jets target: Daryl Williams

It's pretty surprising that a player like Daryl Williams is still a free agent well into the month of August. The seven-year NFL veteran has experience playing four of the five offensive line spots and has been a quality starter for the last half-decade.

He's coming off a season in which he split time between right guard and right tackle for the Buffalo Bills, starting all 17 games. The year prior, Williams finished with an excellent PFF grade of 79.2 that ranked 21st out of all tackles in the NFL.

He's a good player, and the Jets would be wise to bring him in for a visit as soon as possible. Williams turns 30 years old later this month and is likely just biding his time for the best landing spot.

The Jets should do everything they can to make Williams an offer he can't refuse. His versatility and quality play are exactly what they need.

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