Next up on the list of the New York Jets’ top 25 players is one of their most significant offseason signings, right tackle Breno Giacomini. Giacomini won the Super Bowl last season as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, and the Jets signed him to a 4-year, $18 million contract after Austin Howard went to the Oakland Raiders. Giacomini’s signing didn’t receive anything close to the publicity that Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and Michael Vick did, but there is no doubt that his performance will be just as important, if not more than, all of those bigger name players.
Giacomini brings a bit of a different style to the table than Howard did, as he is a better run blocker than pass protector. He was part of the group that paved the way for Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks’ fourth ranked run offense, and he will fit right in on the run oriented Jets. Giacomini and Willie Colon should form a very good run blocking tandem on the right side of the line, though the pairing may be a bit iffy in pass protection.
The decision to let Howard walk and sign Giacomini surprised some, but the Jets feel that they haven’t lost any quality on their offensive line with the switch. John Idzik knows Giacomini well from his days in Seattle, and he is comfortable with the change. The Jets’ line was better than it got credit for last season, as the team’s high sacks allowed total was in due large part to poor play from the quarterbacks and wide receivers. However, this is not an elite unit by any means, so the Jets will certainly need Giacomini to perform at a high level and help solidify the line.
The Jets need the offensive line to be the anchor of the offense because of the questions they have surrounding their skill positions, and Giacomini is vital to that. Based on his time with the Seahawks, the Jets should be in good shape, and his past performance certainly warrants his ranking near the top 10 of this list.
Previously: No. 25 Bilal Powell, No. 24 Kenrick Ellis, No. 23 Geno Smith, No. 22 Dawan Landry, No. 21 Jeff Cumberland, No. 20 Antonio Allen, No. 19 Quinton Coples, No. 18 Calvin Pryor, No. 17 Michael Vick, No. 16 Willie Colon, No. 15 Dee Milliner, No. 14 Calvin Pace