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Jets' Duane Brown believes he can still be effective as he approaches 37

Newly signed Jets offensive tackle Duane Brown is well on his way to turning 37 on Aug. 30, so criticism over his age is well deserved. I think.

But Brown talked about his strongest asset and what he thinks he could bring to the Jets. He essentially signed a $9 million guarantee deal in a year. He knows he still has to get out there and prove it, but he says he's happy to

When asked if he still thought he was the same player despite his 15th year in the NFL, Brown replied, "I wouldn't be here if I didn't." okay,” he replied. “I don't play the game just to be there. I want to play at a high level. will tell you, I play at a high level

Jets offensive tackle Duane Brown (68) works out on the side during practice at training camp in Florham Park, N.J.
Bill Kostroun

"Not many people play to this age, so criticism like that is well warranted. I'm not going to talk about what I'm going to do. Get out on the field and prove it." is what I'm trying to do."

Coach Robert Saleh signed in the wake of Mekhi Becton's season-ending knee injury. Brown said he should start getting a rep with the team starting Thursday. was unsure if he would appear in the Jets' second preseason game against Atlanta on Monday. While there appears to be no rush, Brown admitted there was a sense of urgency to get the offensive line into the team's practice. Less than four weeks until the regular season.

However, Brown is already familiar with the Jets system, he said, noting that for his first seven years of his Texans career, he played in the same system.

"We need that continuity, but especially with his O-line, because we want them to be able to make non-verbal communication his call," he says. said Mr. "They already know. They've worked together so well that they don't have to talk, they can just play. It's always hard to argue against this because you can't get the pre-snap metrics. We have time." I think Duane was in the system, so he'll know how to tell it."

Additionally, after spending three seasons together in Houston from 2008-2010, Brown already knows Saleh very well. Saleh first served as a defensive assistant (2005-08) before he became an assistant linebacker and he became a coach (2009-10). His coordinator Jon Benton also coached Brown during his six years in the first of his nine years with the Texans.

Brown's arrival movedGeorge Fant to right tackle for the first time. Fant stepped in to replace Becton at left tackle last season and kept that job at the start of training camp this year, but the Jets have had two tackles in three seasons as a Seahawks teammate.

"We've been friends since we played together in Seattle, and we've always talked regularly since he got here." "We've been communicating through this process. I respect him all over the world. He's a great player. He respects me as well." I don't think it's going to be easy for everyone, just the situation, the way it unfolds, but he handled it well, and I appreciate that.

"For us It wasn't that awkward.We are very close.We are friends more than anything.We understand how our line is currently set up.I We have the potential to be really good, and he accepted it."