Jets Are Reportedly Signing Veteran Offensive Lineman
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Maybe the fear of injury prompted it to tackle Mekhi Becton,
But whatever their motives, the New York Jets are bringing in offensive line reinforcements.
The Jets are signing veteran offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch to a one-year deal, according to NFL insider Tom Pelicero.
Benenoch spent the 2021 season split between the Buffalo Bills and the New Orleans Saints.
Benenoch has six years of NFL experience, starting his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
In six seasons he has started 23 games, playing both tackle and guard.
More importantly, he played the entire season on the right tackle - the position of Mekhi Becton.
That said, he has played only two games since 2019.
Jets fans will probably be disappointed that they didn't sign Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown.
The Browns met with the Jets and appeared to be on the verge of signing this past weekend. But no deal has come out yet.
Offensive tackle health is going to be important for the New York Jets in 2022.
He hasn't adequately protected the quarterback over the years and because of that his offense has struggled hard.
Mekhi Becton was drafted No. 11 overall in hopes of solidifying his blindside blocking for the next decade-plus.
But his injury frequency has made him less than reliable.
Will Caleb Benenoch be immediately engaged in a preparatory work,
Or will he spend the season as a backup?