The NY Jets offensive line put together an abysmal performance in Week 1 surrendering 18 total pressures and a pair of sacks. But since then, the unit has been much better than most have given them credit for.
In fact, you could very easily argue that the Jets have had an above-average offensive line through the first five weeks of the season. And that's without perhaps their best offensive lineman in left tackle Mekhi Becton.
That Week 1 game left a sour taste in a lot of fans' mouths, and with good reason. Three Jets offensive linemen finished with a Pro Football Focus pass-block grade south of 40.0 with rookie Alijah-Vera Tucker struggling the most (17.5 grade) allowing a team-high six pressures.
But since that game, four of the Jets' five offensive linemen have played at an above-average level, all except for right guard Greg Van Roten. The Jets have a rock-solid offensive line right now, and they're coming off two of their strongest outings of the season.
The NY Jets offensive line has actually been good through Week 5
The Jets currently rank 14th in the NFL in overall team pass-block grade by PFF. And they rank even better in PFF run-block grade coming in at eighth.
PFF recently ranked the 32 offensive lines in the NFL after five weeks and the Jets ranked right in the middle of the pack at 16, and that's including their dud of a performance in Week 1. Without the game, the Jets likely rank a bit higher.
George Fant and Connor McGovern have each only allowed seven total pressures through five games this season. The Jets banked on both players being better in their new offensive scheme and that's definitely been the case.
McGovern's 75.7 PFF grade is not only highest on the entire Jets offense, but it's good for sixth in the NFL. Despite what some might insist, he's having a very good season.
Meanwhile, Vera-Tucker has begun to show signs of stardom and has been a top-five guard in football over the last two weeks per PFF. His 92.4 PFF grade this past week made him the highest-graded offensive lineman in the NFL and he hasn't allowed a single pressure since Week 3.
The only real weakness on the offensive line remains Greg Van Roten whose 61.8 PFF grade is good for 40th among all guards. But more worrisome is his 46.6 pass-block grade which ranks 60th at his position.
Van Roten has allowed a team-high 21 pressures and three sacks to this point. He's been the only true liability on an otherwise pretty good offensive line.
The Jets have had their fair share of issues on offense, but their offensive line hasn't been one of them since Week 1.
And the unit might only get better upon the inevitable return of Mekhi Becton.