NY Jets should consider signing free-agent OG Forrest Lamp

NY Jets, Forrest Lamp
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The NY Jets have had some issues with their offensive line through the first three weeks of the season. And although he wouldn't exactly solve their issues, Forrest Lamp is someone who's worth a look.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Lamp was fully healthy and had recently gotten vaccinated in an attempt to find a spot with a new NFL team.

Lamp spent the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Chargers before joining the Buffalo Bills this offseason. He was expected to be a part of their offensive line plans with an outside chance to start, but a calf injury sidelined him in August.

The Bills opted to release him from their injured reserve with an injury settlement, and now that he's fully recovered and vaccinated, he's expected to garner some interest on the open market.

The Jets should definitely consider adding him.

Forrest Lamp would be a worthwhile addition for the NY Jets

A second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Lamp was a standout tackle at Western Kentucky, but most projected him as a guard in the NFL. Many outlets had Lamp as the top guard prospect in the draft which is why it came as a slight surprise that he fell all the way to pick No. 38.

Lamp was expected to step in as a day-one starter before a torn ACL suffered in the summer knocked him out for the season. It was a brutal blow and, unfortunately, it would be a sign of things to come.

Lamp underwent another knee procedure in the spring and didn't make much of an impact in his first actual NFL season serving as a backup behind veteran Michael Schofield and current Jets guard Dan Feeney.

He returned in 2019 only to suffer a broken fibula after making his first two career starts. Injuries plagued Lamp's first three seasons, but he finally got a chance to be a full-time starter in 2020 and he made the most of it.

Somewhat amazingly, Lamp actually played in the most snaps of any player in the NFL last season (1,174), only tied with his former Chargers teammate, Feeney. Neither player missed a snap all season long.

Lamp finished with a less-than-stellar 49.4 Pro Football Focus grade, although his season might have been a little better than that grade indicates.

The 27-year-old was tagged with just one penalty, allowed two sacks, and allowed the seventh-fewest pressures among all guards. Notably, his 60.7 pass-blocking grade was significantly better than his 42.8 run-blocking grade.

Lamp was a reliable pass protector last season and could be worthwhile depth for a Jets team that desperately needs it. Feeney is currently the only backup interior lineman on the roster, and he looked abysmal in the summer.

After losing the likes of Alex Lewis and Cameron Clark in training camp, the Jets need additional depth. Especially with Greg Van Roten struggling as much as he has at right guard.

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Forrest Lamp won't fix the Jets offense. But he would be a wise investment at a position that is in desperate need of depth.