How did the NY Jets offensive line room perform in 2020?
Pro Football Focus graded the 2020 NY Jets offensive line as the fourth-worst line in football, a pretty generous ranking considering the constant quarterback scrambling and run stuffs the fans saw last season.
Still, there was one bright spot: left tackle Becton dominated as a rookie. The so-called "Mount Becton" earned an impressive PFF grade of 74.4, and PFF analyst Anthony Treash ranked him the 18th-best rookie from last season.
While 18th-best may not sound elite, offensive tackles excelling in their first seasons is not particularly common, as opposed to players of skill positions. There were only two offensive linemen ahead of Becton on the list, only one of whom was another tackle.
Rookie guard Vera-Tucker performed well with USC in 2020 and quickly climbed up mock drafts leading up to the draft. PFF ranked him the top interior-line prospect, and Vera-Tucker will hopefully continue to dominate in the pros.
On the whole, center McGovern regressed last year, dropping from a 2019 PFF grade of 72.0 to a 2020 grade of 62.2. However, it is worth noting that McGovern had a far better second half of his season compared to the first.
PFF graded McGovern as a top-10 center over his last eight games. Considering the first eight games were basically his first reps with a new team in a year that had no training camp or preseason, I would argue that his second-half play is more telling of his talent.
Van Roten was decent for Gang Green last season, receiving a 63.0 from PFF. He performed well in the pass-blocking department but struggled quite a bit as a run-blocker.
Heading into this season, PFF ranks Van Roten the 26th-best guard, making him average to slightly above-average at the position.
Finally for the starters, Moses posted a very impressive 80.6 PFF grade, the highest mark he has received so far during his eight-year career. Seemingly, regression should not be much of a worry for Moses, who did turn 30 in March.
As far as backup offensive linemen go, the Jets actually have a few players who proved serviceable in 2020. PFF gave Fant a somewhat low 61.6 and Edoga a 61.3 for his four starts.
While the Jets depth pieces may not be world-beaters, they did prove competent against starters in 2020. At the end of the day, there is not much more you could demand from backups.
Ultimately, I would give this group a high 7.0 that borders on the 7.5 territory. Under the right circumstances, this offensive line – graded fourth-worst just a season ago – could be top-10 in the league.
While each player outside of Moses has a question mark or two, this line has an impressive combination of youth and talent that, if coached properly, could reap rewards for Gang Green.