NY Jets: 3 former Mike Maccagnan draft picks facing make-or-break seasons

NY Jets, Blake Cashman
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NY Jets, Chuma Edoga
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3. Chuma Edoga, OT, NY Jets

Any Jets fan knows that the offensive line has been an issue for years. That is why it's so exciting to see how great of a line Douglas has pieced together in such a short amount of time.

Specifically at tackle, last year the Jets signed George Fant and drafted Mekhi Becton. This year, longtime Washington right tackle Morgan Moses joined the unit, giving the Jets excellent depth at offensive tackle.

At the same time, it opens a competition behind them, with one tackle spot left up for grabs. From an experience standpoint, a former third-round pick in 2019, Chuma Edoga, should have the upper hand.

In two seasons, Edoga has struggled more often than not. He has made 12 starts in 19 games, being a liability in pass protection. Even with his improvements as a run blocker in 2021 (82.1 grade from Pro Football Focus), he finds himself fighting for a job.

Including Edoga, there are five players vying for the fourth tackle job. The first is veteran Conor McDermott, who has held his own in 22 games (three starts), since 2019. He also brings versatility in being able to play guard, which will surely appeal to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.

Additionally, the Jets have three undrafted free agent tackles looking to prove themselves. Parker Ferguson, Grant Hermanns, and Teton Saltes all offer cheaper alternatives if that is the route Douglas wants to go behind Becton, Moses, and Fant.

The former USC Trojan certainly has more upside than any of his competition. Yet, Edoga has reached the point of now-or-never in terms of proving himself to the new regime.