NY Jets offensive line depth is the best it's been in years

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The NY Jets have made plenty of exciting moves during the 2021 offseason. General manager Joe Douglas had a purpose and knew what he wanted to accomplish. One overlooked part of this Jets team is how deep the offensive line is. 

As we saw during the 2020 season, injuries happen, and it is crucial to have players who can perform at a high level. The last thing Jets fans want to see is their rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson, running for his life because the backups cannot compete. 

Jets fans have seen in the past how a poor offensive line can destroy a team. Thankfully this year, the fans will hopefully see a much better offensive line on the field and competent players who can step up in case of injury.

The Jets offensive line has great depth, and it could be the difference-maker this season.

The NY Jets have the deepest offensive line they've had in a long time.

The projected starters on the offensive line are Mekhi Becton, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and Morgan Moses. On paper, this is the best Jets offensive line in a long time. 

What’s even better than the starting offensive linemen are the players who are behind them. Injuries are a part of the game. Last year, the only offensive lineman to play all 16 games for the Jets was McGovern.

Luckily, if someone does go down with an injury, the Jets have options. Players like Alex Lewis, Dan Feeney, and George Fant will be ready to take over. 

Having Fant as the backup tackle is spectacular. He can play left and right tackle, giving the Jets coaching staff a sigh of relief if Becton or Moses were to get hurt. Not many teams are as fortunate to have such a solid swing tackle on their bench, ready to play at all times.

Lewis has been the starting left guard for the Jets for the majority of the last two seasons. He is still a serviceable player and can plug into both guard positions if he needs to. He could even give Van Roten a run for his money and compete for the starting right guard spot.

Feeney has started the last three seasons for the Los Angeles Chargers and hasn’t missed a game. He has the skill set to play both guard and center. This flexibility could help the Jets out in a pinch if multiple players are injured.

An honorable mention is Chuma Edoga. Edoga can also play both tackle positions, but he has struggled in the past when filling in for injured players. But maybe this season he can prove he does belong on the roster and is a valuable depth piece.

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The Jets' offensive line depth is the best it’s been in years. When the season comes around it could move the needle and allow the Jets to steal some extra wins in 2021.