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Where the Jets can turn after being exposed to Mekhi Becton's injury disaster

I have been coaching children's baseball and softball teams for several years. I'm a coach who likes to get every kid in the game and make sure no one gets stuck in the outfield. Trying to sneak in for a few innings reminds me of one obvious thing: the balls find them.


Ball found the Jets on Monday. General Manager Joe Douglas has done a solid job improving his roster this offseason, but he left a few holes. One of the holes that stood out for him was the backup he tackled. Douglas returned to training camp with Conor McDermott and Edga Chuma as top backups, with two starting tackles from knee surgery, including one who struggled to stay on the field his entire career. I rolled the dice by participating.

That gamble returned to bite him on Monday when Mekhi Becton limped off the field after re-injuring his right knee. . A right knee injury cost him all but one game last seasonThe Jets have not officially said Becton will miss the season Coach Robert Saleh said Becton

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas talk on the practice field during New York Jets training camp.
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The Jets are now in scramble mode in position. There are options out there, but they're available to anyone who's still available in August. As an insurance against time, it was wise to draft Icky Ekwonu in April at No. 4 overall . But no one can tear Douglas apart from Sauce taking away his Gardner.

Douglas failed to fill every hole in the Jets roster this offseason. There were simply too many. In light of recent events, backup tackle stands out.

So where does the jet go from here?

They had a public affair with Duane Brown.He sat on the sidelines during Saturday's Green and White scrimmage. } Seattle Seahawks lineman Duane Brown blocks during a game featuring the Houston Texans and the Seattle Seahawks on December 12, 2021 at NRG Stadium.

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In phenomenal fashion," Douglas said Monday. "Obviously the wheels are moving. We'll see how things work out." It shows that opinions are divided. Brown has a great résumé, but he'll be 37 before the season starts, and he could be trying to get paid as if he's still in his prime. The Jets certainly prefer cheap deals with incentives.

Brown doesn't come without a question. He's 37 and scared to sign a player. REMEMBER: The Jets took this path with Ryan Kalil in his 2019 training his campand it didn't work outPlus, Brown said his 15-year has played his tackle on the left for his entire career. Return George Fant, who spiced up his play at left tackle all offseason, to right tackle? That would make Fant, who is seeking a contract extension, uncomfortable.

Andre Dillard: The Eagles reportedly interested in trading him this offseason. had. Douglas was in the Philadelphia front office in 2019 when Dillard was a first-round pick. He has started just nine games in his three years with Philadelphia, and Howie Roseman always wants a deal.

Andre Dillard #77 of the Philadelphia Eagles blocks Tarell Basham #93 of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on January 8, 2022.
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Steven Jenkins: The Bears' second-round pick in 2021 could be as injury-ridden as Becton. He suffered a back injury last year that limited him to 157 snaps. His GM (Ryan Pace), who drafted him, is no longer in Chicago, and Jenkins mysteriously missed the first week of training his camp, sparking trade speculation. It would be a risky move, but he had a strong desire to finish college.

Eric Fisher: Previous No. 1 overall pick, with the Colts he was 1 After a season he is an agent. The 31-year-old isn't the player he used to be, but he could be one of the options.

Bryan Bulaga: Another injury risk. The 33-year-old played just one game for the Chargers last season. If healthy, he was one of the league's best passers in his prime.

Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) lines up for a play during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 13, 2020.
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Jason Peters : The 40-year-old played for the Bears last year and was ranked 22nd best tackle in Pro Football Focus. Hesaid in a radio interview last month that he still wants to play.Douglas has known Peters since his Eagles days. He may not have much left in the tank, but the Jets could try to squeeze out the last few drops.

Bad O line or good D line.

One of his difficult parts in covering training camp practice is whether he thinks offensive play is good and defensive play is bad or vice versa depends on the point of view. is to

His one such fight occurred at practice on Tuesday. Zach Wilson said he was fired eight times during team training. On the one hand, this looks like a scary sign for his offensive line. But it can also be seen as the Jets' defensive line of why it's a strength of the team.

The Jets practice with the Falcons at Follham Park. Not to mention seeing the Jets play against another team in full practice, especially one that should be better than them. You'll know if you need or your line of defense is better.

Stat's so

There aren't many coaches in the history of the Jets who have achieved much success. To see that, just look at the franchise regular's top 10 wins of the season. The list is as follows:

1. Weave Eubank, 1963-73: 71 wins (2 playoff wins)
2. Joe Walton, 1983-89: 53 (1)
3. Rex Ryan, 2009-14: 46 (4)
4. Herm Edwards, 2001-05: 39 (2)
5. Walt Michaels, 1977-82: 39 (2)
6. Bill Parcells , 1997-99: 29 (1)
7. Bruce Collett, 1990-93: 26 (0)
8. Todd Bowles, 2015-18: 24 (0)
9. Eric Mangini, 2006-08: 23 (0)
10. Sammy Bo, 1960-61: 14 (0)

Source: Pro Football Reference