NY Jets: Morgan Moses and George Fant to compete for starting RT job

NY Jets, George Fant, Morgan Moses
NY Jets, George Fant, Morgan Moses / John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets reconvened for the start of training camp on Tuesday with veterans joining the rookies already in attendance. As is always the case, there will be plenty of position battles to keep an eye on this summer.

One of those position battles will apparently be at right tackle.

Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Tuesday and revealed that there will be a competition in camp for the starting right tackle job between the recently-signed Morgan Moses and the incumbent George Fant.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, even if it does seem clear who the favorite is.

The NY Jets will have a competition between Morgan Moses and George Fant in camp.

The Jets signed Fant to a three-year, $30 million contract in the 2020 offseason and the former Seattle Seahawks lineman went on to start 14 games at right tackle.

While he wasn't necessarily a liability, his play was below-average as the 29-year-old finished the season with a 61.6 Pro Football Focus grade that ranked 64th out of 79 qualified offensive tackles.

The Jets didn't necessarily go into the offseason looking to upgrade, but when the opportunity presented itself, they pounced.

That opportunity came in the former of Moses who was released by the Washington Football Team after 96 consecutive starts with his now-former team.

In contrast, Moses finished the 2020 season with a 79.9 PFF grade that ranked sixth out of all right tackles in the NFL. Evidently, Moses appears to be an upgrade.

But the Jets won't be handing him the job right away. He'll have to beat out Fant this summer for a starting role — a player who the new coaching staff believes will perform much better in the team's new offensive system.

It would be a surprise to see anyone but Moses starting at right tackle come Week 1, barring injury. But the Jets have announced that it will be an open competition.

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Let the training camp battle begin!