The New York Jets offensive line has already been hit with injuries in fall camp and now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they have signed veteran Duane Brown to a two-year deal to help fill in the gaps.
– Brown brings invaluable experience (in the exclusive 200+ start club) with very good play strength and competitive toughness.
– Deep toolbox of techniques to throw at rushers in pass pro.
– Will be 37-years old Week 1
– Was excellent in 2020 (https://t.co/NDN6ugNSuh) https://t.co/x0DGCkd42a
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) August 11, 2022
This signing came after the team lost Mekhi Becton to a knee injury that is expected to sideline the former first-round pick for the entire season. The Jets were already in contact with Brown before the injury, but now with Becton’s absence, it sped up the process.
The Jets are going to need someone to protect quarterback Zach Wilson’s left side, which is Brown’s position. The second-year QB had a hard rookie season, which might be made harder this coming season thanks to the offensive lineman woes.
Wilson struggled last year, throwing for just over 2,300 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Defenses feasted off of him thanks in part to New York’s offensive line.
The Jets made a smart move by signing Brown to shore up that line. Hopefully, he’ll do a good job of protecting Wilson, which needs to happen if the Jets want a chance this season.