OG James Carpenter SIGNED by New York Jets
The “ground and pound” era might be over in New York with the departure of Rex Ryan, but Offensive Coordinator still understands the importance of a reliable running game. In addition, the Jets may not know what they truly have in Geno Smith because of poor pass protection up front. They had way too much pressure coming from up the middle. Carpenter is one of the top guards in the league when it comes to pass protection. He is going to help this offensive line rejuvenation, as he is the second member of the Seahawks in as many years to leave Seattle for the Big Apple.
Offensive line was near or at the top of the Jets draft needs. While they still could bring in a guard early, its unlikely. Carpenter is young and the rest of the line is stable enough to build behind. The Jets may be spending all their money early on, but they still have the 6th overall selection to add a best player available. They could be in line for Marcus Mariota as well, and having a stout defense, strong offensive line, and accomplished skill position players around him could be an ideal spot for a young QB.