Patrolling NFL news sites feels a lot like work when the news world has slowed down just before training camp. Just as the players go on vacation, reporters go through long hiatuses where finding articles is like finding gold. That is what makes this Jeff Otah acquisition so intriguing.
For those who do not know, Jeff Otah, a right tackle, is a former first-round pick by the Carolina Panthers. He played extremely well in his first few seasons, but injuries have slowed him down the past two seasons.
In fact, Otah has only played in five games since the turn of the decade.
So a player like Otah is a huge injury concern? So we have that out of our system? Good.
When healthy, Otah is a top-10 RT in the NFL for sure. He is an intense run-blocker and a pretty solid pass-blocker. With his addition, the offensive line will have few holes.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson was somewhat of a liability, but with another season with Slauson by his side, I could see another career year. Slauson and Moore are both very consistent starters, while Moore is the far more talented. Nick Mangold is the most valuable offensive player, noticeable during his short absence over the season.
With the recent acquisition, Mark Sanchez will be able to pull off his patented bootleg without having to overcompensate for Sieve Hunter's blocking woes. Tim Tebow will be able to run up the gut and actually find a hole. Shonn Greene could put together his 1,200-yard season. Sanchez will be able to make more than one look—can you imagine next season when he can take more than one look before throwing?
And just a little fact for thought, the last time the Jets took on an oft-injured lineman from Carolina, his name was Kris Jenkins. His first season, he was in the running for Defensive Player of the Year and was the best Nose Tackle in the NFL.
Now, of course, I'm not saying that Otah will be All-Pro, but he has the potential. Not to mention that the Jets training and conditioning teams have kept their superstars in one piece. Only few, extremely fragile victims have fallen to the injury bug (see Leonhard, Jim and Jenkins, Kris).
While the offense will definitely be much stronger this year just based on their acquisitions of Stephen Hill, Tim Tebow, Chaz Schilens and others, the restructuring of the offensive line has finally been addressed and will impact the team on the field.