New York Jets Should Make Acquiring Veteran OL Top Priority

By Luis Tirado Jr.
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When it comes to an offensive line in the world of professional football, one should always make sure you have quality depth at backup just in case. In the case of the New York Jets, one area that could become a point of concern is at their offensive line situation.

At the moment, it’s been a decent unit the past few years, but recent injuries and lack of true depth could cause quite the uproar if there is no veteran backup plan in place. Regardless of how well the Jets’ offense does with all the upgrades acquired this offseason, it won’t mean anything if the offensive line doesn’t hold up consistently throughout the season.

It’s imperative that the Jets acquire a solid veteran offensive lineman who can play different positions at any given moment. The Jets got some rave reviews just a few days ago when they acquired defensive end Jason Babin for similar reasons — a veteran backup at key positions is a huge advantage to have.

An athlete like Babin was needed on defense, as he picks up things easily and can play as an outside linebacker or defensive lineman. His value is huge since in the blink of an eye he can cover should someone get hurt or need a well-deserved breather. It should be a top priority for the Jets to acquire a veteran for their offensive line in a similar role that Babin was brought in for.

The Jets plan to deploy the very same ground-and-pound offense that was so successful, it brought them to the AFC championship game in two consecutive seasons. They have plenty of new weapons on offense that should be able to replicate that kind of success. Of course running the football means having quality offensive linemen who are able to create gaps and be tough enough to hold everything together.

There is some concern at the moment since offensive guard Willie Colon is already on the physically unable to perform list for a knee injury. He’s one of the main anchors on the offensive line and who knows if he’ll be able to play the entire season without reinjuring himself. The Jets do have offensive guard Dakota Dozier as his backup, but he is a work in progress. Keep in mind he’s also still just a rookie and is undergoing a steep learning curve and when you look at it, the Jets have no veteran backups at all to step right in.

A veteran lineman that excels at the guard position would be an ideal pickup for the Jets to consider before the season starts. Otherwise, it could actually be a longer season than most expect it to be, should problems arise. If they’re anything a team like the New York Giants know for example, is that depth on the offensive line is something you shouldn’t neglect because it’ll be too late to react to injuries or a decline in play.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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