The days of Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and a dominant Jets offensive line feel like eons ago.
The line has been a point of constant frustration in recent years and general manager Joe Douglas has prioritized fixing the position, using two first-round picks in the past two years on linemen. The Jets feel good about the current group they have, but a key for them may be how much the line can stay together on the field in the next six weeks before the season opens on Sept. 12 at Carolina.
In each of the past two seasons, it felt like the offensive line was doomed before the season even started because of a lack of time together. Two years ago, Douglas added Ryan Kalil at center during training camp and he could not get ready in time to take snaps in the preseason games. That, plus other injuries, led to the line playing together for the first time in the season opener. Last year, the pandemic caused a truncated training camp and no preseason games. So, again the line, which had four new starters, did not play together until the season opened at Buffalo.
The communication issues showed themselves early in both seasons, with teams having great success against the Jets using blitzes, line stunts and twists that led to constant pressure on Sam Darnold and no running game.
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The Jets line has again undergone some…