NY Jets offensive grades for Week 2 loss to the Cowboys

The Jets offense was a mess in Week 2

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Laken Tomlinson, OG, NY Jets

What the heck happened to this guy, man? Laken Tomlinson, a Pro-Bowler from 2021 when he played for San Francisco, looks like he forgot how to play football during his time with the Jets.

Tomlinson graded out as the 48th best offensive guard (PFF) out of 64 qualifiers last year and 22nd out of 31 qualified at left guard. He's been even worse this year through two games.

This is a guy making over $13 million a year, who was a Pro-Bowler just two years ago and was expected to solidify the offensive line for Aaron Rodgers.

He seems lost in pass protection, completely unable to communicate and adjust to blitzes and stunts on the defensive line. Granted, stunts and blitzes are really hard to pick up and also are really hard to diagnose whose fault it was. But it constantly seems on film that it's Tomlinson who is chasing a free rusher or who fails to pick up the stunt properly.

For me, it's very simple. Tomlinson either figures it out or gets benched. The Jets have both Wes Schweitzer and Joe Tippmann on the bench, ready to play. Both looked pretty good in the preseason.

If the Jets are going to be a serious team this year or the next, Tomlinson has to get back to his 2021 form. Otherwise, he needs to be benched, allow Tippmann to get the reps, and then cut him after this year. He has been that bad.

Grade: F-