In John Idzik‘s first offseason as New York Jets general manager, he emphasized building a strong foundation in 2013, a foundation predicated on strong play in the trenches on the offensive and defensive lines.
For the Jets, adding more quality depth in the trenches meant reinforcing a strength, and the Jets will enter training camp with as deep a roster of offensive and defensive linemen as they’ve had in quite some time.
Despite all the struggles the Jets had on offense last year, you’d be hard-pressed to blame the guys up front. Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was at his usual dominant form, the kind fans have come to expect from him.
The 29-year-old Ferguson has been one of the NFL‘s best pass blocking left tackles for quite some time now, and 2012 was no different. He’s the steady, Pro Bowl-caliber player that any team would love to build around.
This year, Ferguson will be working next to a new starting guard, and it’s certainly a reasonable assumption to think that the Jets’ entire offensive line will need time to learn each other’s tendencies before they gel as a unit.
Ferguson and All-Pro center Nick Mangold are now two of the longest-tenured Jets, both having been drafted by the team in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. It’s up to them to lead by example, as they always have.
If the Jets are going to see any level of success in 2013, they’ll need consistency and efficiency from the offense. Even with a strong offensive line last season, poor quarterback play undermined a lot of that strong play.
The Jets are hoping that new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg can solve those woes and make the Jets far more efficient than they were last year. Having the foundation of a strong offensive line goes a long way.
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