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During the Jets' recent runs deep into the playoffs, their offensive line has always been a source of strength.
However, there are some holes, some of which began to be revealed during the course of last season.
Right tackle Damien Woody is aging and has been cut. If financially possible, the best option is for the Jets to look to fill this need via free agency. However, if Woody can be brought back for a bargain-basement price, his presence in the locker room, as well as his skills on the field, could still make him fairly valuable, especially with Wayne Hunter as a free agent as well. It should be said the Jets are high on their other guard Matt Slauson.
The more serious issue is at left guard. Last year the Jets drafted Vladimir Ducasse out of the University of Massachusetts in the second round. Unfortunately, he has yet to really pan out. While he is very athletic, he struggled with both the complicated NFL blocking schemes, as well as the extreme rise in competition he faced.
Needless to say, going up against defensive players from the CAA is not the same as blocking Haloti Ngata or Ray Lewis.
It's going to be tough with all the free agents the Jets have to deal with this year, but they need to bring in some sort of upgrade at guard. The glaring weak spot was evident in the Jets' first game of last year, when Haloti Ngata exploded through the line virtually untouched and sacked Mark Sanchez.
For a team that prides itself on its hard-nosed, all-weather running game, a versatile and talented offensive line is a must. The Jets must address certain positions along their front in order to protect both their present and their future.
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