INDIANAPOLIS — The focus of this Jets offseason so far has been on the two Ps — pass rushers and playmakers. But the real story may be whether they can find a different P — protectors.
Sam Darnold is going to need some protection if he is going to reach the potential the Jets believe he has. The offensive line has been a position the Jets have tried to patchwork for most of the past decade. They have not drafted an impactful offensive lineman since taking Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson in the 2006 draft.
For general manager Mike Maccagnan, he needs to figure out a way to rebuild this offensive line over the next few months … and that won’t be easy.
Last year’s line had moments when it played well, but it was never dominant. The Jets were 26th in the league in rushing offense. Pro Football Focus ranked them as the 25th best offensive line at the end of the 2018 season.