The NY Jets were already sniffing around the offensive tackle market this summer before they lost Mekhi Becton for the season. The team showed interest in the likes of Riley Reiff and Duane Brown before ultimately signing the latter after Becton's injury.
Still, it was clear that the Jets believed their offensive tackle depth wasn't very good, despite what they've said publicly. Even after adding Brown, that remains the case.
Brown essentially fills the hole that Becton left in the starting lineup, but behind Brown and fellow starting tackle George Fant, the Jets have little-to-no quality depth.
Fourth-round rookie Max Mitchell is a developmental right tackle prospect who probably shouldn't play early in his career while the less said about veterans Conor McDermott and Chuma Edoga the better.
The Jets need to add another offensive tackle before the start of the regular season. Fortunately, they should have the opportunity to do just that.
Expect the NY Jets to explore the waiver wire for an offensive tackle addition
General manager Joe Douglas has made quite a few impact waiver additions during his time with the Jets. From John Franklin-Myers to Braxton Berrios to Quincy Williams, Douglas has made a habit out of finding gems on the waiver wire.
Expect him to be active in his pursuit of an offensive tackle next week following final roster cuts. Put simply, the Jets can't go into the season with the collection of players they have now.
The Jets see Mitchell as pretty much exclusively a right tackle leaving the only two viable backup left tackle options on the roster as McDermott and Edoga. However, McDermott is out nursing an ankle injury and seems primed to miss the start of the season.
That leaves the Jets with just Edoga as their primary backup left tackle. That can't happen.
The Jets knew that they needed better offensive tackle depth behind Becton and Fant this summer. That notion hasn't changed now that Brown has replaced Becton. They still need to improve their depth.
There just can't be a scenario where the Jets start McDermott or Edoga for an extended period of time if an injury were to occur.
For the sake of Zach Wilson and that entire offense, the Jets must follow through and add another offensive tackle to their roster. Expect them to do exactly that next week.