The Jets didn’t overhaul their offensive line this offseason, but it has a chance to perform significantly better in 2018.
That’s because right guard Brian Winters is healthy again, and center Wesley Johnson is gone, having signed with the Lions.
Winters battled through an abdomen muscle tear that eventually required surgery. He still managed to play in 13 games, but he wasn’t himself.
Johnson stunk last season, and it became clear he wasn’t the long-term answer for replacing Nick Mangold. The Jets signedSpencer Long to replace him. Long could be an upgrade at center, provided he has moved past last season’s quadriceps tear, which required surgery.
Jets coach Todd Bowles believes Long’s presence will upgrade the Jets’ line.
How bad was the Jets’ line last season The Jets allowed the NFL’s fifth-highest sack percentage. They ranked 20th in yards per carry and 19th in rushing yards per game.
Bowles after the season fired line coach Steve Marshall and replaced him with recently fired Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. He will be the Jets’ running game coordinator, in addition to their line coach. Dennison will team with new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.
So why does Bowles think Dennison’s line will be better than Marshall’s was last year
We’ll be healthier, number one, Bowles said. Number two, they’ll be more in synch with some of the things we’re trying to do, playing to their strengths. We had guys overstepping [last year] from a technique standpoint. I think they’ll be a lot better.
That’s intense. And those knives don’t exactly look dull, either.
Donald is currently trying to land a new contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams.
Some of the free agents your favorite team signed in March will become busts, as will some of the players ultimately drafted in April. But because nobody can predict who will boom and who will bust, the glass often feels half-full this time of year.
The problem is offseason improvements don’t mean much if all 32 NFL teams feel they’re getting better. Every team has made changes this offseason, but not all changes will prove positive.
How does the NFL field look after a wild March Let’s take a moment to rank all 32 teams.
The aforementioned fan dynamics this time of year indicate most of you won’t be happy with what you’re about to read, in which case you’re welcome to believe this is anApril Fools’ joke.