Duane Brown still hadn’t joined the Jets, but the ripple effect of his addition was evident in practice Sunday.
George Fant – who played at left tackle last season in Mekhi Becton’s absence and retained the position above Becton at the start of training camp – has been moved to right tackle for the first time. After finding out last week that Becton would likely miss the season with a knee injury, the Jets signed Brown and decided to keep the 36-year-old four-time Pro Bowler at left tackle and tell Fant to switch sides. .
“George’s curse is also a blessing in that he is extremely versatile, very athletic,” coach Robert Saleh said. “He just wants a house, but at the same time he’s the ultimate guy on the team. I know he’s going to work, and he’s going to do whatever he can to be the best tackler he can. It was a very good and productive conversation.
Brown was due Sunday night at the facility after a delay for personal reasons, the Jets said. The belief is that Brown stayed in shape during free agency and will pass the entrance conditioning tests with no problem.
“We need to get those five [starting linemen] play together much faster,” Saleh said. “We haven’t had continuity with this group for a while. We just want five guys to play together and build some continuity.
The message was probably taken more easily by Fant because he and Brown were lined up that way for three seasons as teammates with the Seahawks, and Fant “really respects Duane and understands how he can help a team win.” said former Seattle offensive line coach Mike Solari. The post office.
General manager Joe Douglas signing Brown to replace Becton sent a message to the locker room.
“Joe and Saleh believe this team can win a lot of football games – and we do,” center Connor McGovern said. “It also shows the front office’s belief that this offensive line is special. We think we can do a lot of very good things. For them to go and get the next best guy possible and bring him in, I think shows what we’re supposed to do as an offensive line and as a team.
In discussions with Brown, the Jets have gained confidence that he will be able to practice more regularly than he did last season with the Seahawks, when he was able to limit the wear and tear on his knees because did not learn of a new offence. . The Seahawks practiced on indoor turf and the Jets generally use grass.
“We think we’ll be able to get the work we need,” Saleh said, “especially from a protection standpoint and all the different walkthroughs we have.”
Saleh reversed course and did not face defensive end Carl Lawson and linebacker CJ Mosley against the Eagles. He didn’t tell them until the last minute.
“I woke up [Friday] morning just said, “I’m going to let them go through the mental aspect to get their body right,” Saleh said. “So they were mentally preparing to play and then in the locker room before kick-off and I told them to leave their helmets on.”
Lawson, who missed all of last season, “was pissed off” not playing, Saleh said. He will play on August 22 against the Falcons “for sure, for sure, for sure, for sure”.
Saleh laughed as he saw rookie receiver Garrett Wilson go head-to-head with defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd in a near fight despite having a size advantage.
“No offense Garrett, I thought that was pretty cute,” Saleh said. “But I want to celebrate Shep because old Shep would have been kicking and swinging, and he stayed calm, which was awesome.”
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