The Jets’ nightmare scenario on their offensive line has gone from bad to worse.
Veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown, who was signed to replace injured Mekhi Becton as New York’s starting left tackle, was already ruled out for week 1 care for a shoulder injury. It turns out that Brown will miss more than the season opener.
The Jets placed Brown on injured reserve on Saturday, which means the 37-year-old is out for at least the first four weeks of this season.
Brown injured his shoulder in practice this week. He signed a two-year, $20 million deal with Gang Green in August shortly after Becton suffered his season-ending knee injury.
Too bad for Brown serving as a savior up front as the Jets embark on a tough schedule to start their 2022 campaign.
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In Brown’s place, the Jets raised Grant Hermanns from the practice squad. Hermanns, like rookie Max Mitchell — who will start at right tackle against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday — has yet to line up for his first NFL snap. George Fant will also start at left tackle in the interim.
It’s possible that Brown will come back from this injury and stay on the pitch for the rest of this season. After all, he’s been extremely durable throughout his 14-year NFL career. In the meantime, however, New York are relying heavily on their inexperienced depth at tackle. Aside from Mitchell and Hermanns, Conor McDermott is the only other tackle listed on New York’s depth chart, a veteran who has made just six pro starts.
This situation could have been avoided. New York could have added an extra starter to the mix like they did last year with Morgan Moses. Unless Mitchell blossoms quickly and proves he is capable at this level, there is a glaring weakness up front for those in green and white, a hole on the O line that will surely be exploited by the talented defensive fronts that New York should face over the next few weeks.
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