Duane Brown nonetheless had not joined the Jets, however the ripple impact of his addition was evident throughout Sunday’s apply.
George Fant — who performed left tackle final season in Mekhi Becton’s absence and retained the job over Becton in the beginning of coaching camp — was moved to right tackle for the primary time. After it was found final week that Becton probably will miss the season with a knee harm, the Jets signed Brown and determined to preserve the 36-year-old four-time Professional Bowler at left tackle and inform Fant to swap sides.
“George’s curse is also a blessing in that he is extremely versatile, very athletic,” coach Robert Saleh mentioned. “He just wants a home, but at the same time he’s the ultimate team guy. I know he is going to put in the work, and he’s going to do everything he can to be the best right tackle he can possibly be. It was a very good, productive conversation.”
Brown was anticipated Sunday night time on the facility after a delay due to private causes, the Jets mentioned. The idea is Brown stayed in form throughout free company and can go the entry conditioning exams with out subject.
“We need to get those five [starting linemen] playing together a lot faster,” Saleh mentioned. “We have not had continuity with that group for a while. We just want five guys to play together and build some continuity.”
The message probably was obtained simpler by Fant as a result of he and Brown had been aligned that manner for 3 seasons as teammates with the Seahawks, and Fant “really respects Duane and understands how he can help a team win,” former Seattle offensive line coach Mike Solari informed The Put up.
Basic supervisor Joe Douglas signing Brown to substitute Becton despatched a message to the locker room.
“Joe and Saleh believe that this team can win a lot of football games — and we believe it,” heart Connor McGovern mentioned. “It also shows the front office’s belief that this offensive line is special. We think we can do a lot of really good things. For them to go get the next-best possible guy and slide him in, I think that shows what we’re expected to do as an offensive line and a team.”
In talks with Brown, the Jets gained confidence that he will likely be in a position to apply extra repeatedly than he did final season with the Seahawks, when he was in a position to restrict wear-and-tear on his knees as a result of he wasn’t studying a brand new offense. The Seahawks practiced on indoor turf and the Jets usually use grass.
“We feel like we’ll be able to get the work in that we need,” Saleh mentioned, “especially from a protection standpoint and all the different walk-throughs we have.”
Saleh reversed course and didn’t play defensive finish Carl Lawson and linebacker C.J. Mosley towards the Eagles. He didn’t inform them till the final minute.
“I woke up [Friday] morning just said, ‘I’m going to let them go through the mental aspect of it to get their bodies right,’ ” Saleh mentioned. “So, they were mentally preparing themselves to play and then in the locker room before kickoff and I told them to leave their helmets.”
Lawson, who missed all of final season, “was pissed” about not enjoying, Saleh mentioned. He’ll play Aug. 22 towards the Falcons “for sure, for sure, for sure, for sure.”
Saleh laughed at seeing rookie receiver Garrett Wilson face-to-face with defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd in a near-fight regardless of giving freely a giant dimension benefit.
“No offense Garrett, I thought it was kind of cute,” Saleh mentioned. “But I want to celebrate Shep because old Shep would’ve been punching and swinging, and he remained composed, which was awesome.”