The New York Jets have been an active team in free agency, with most of their moves coming on the offensive side of the ball. Joe Douglas, the general manager of the Jets, detailed New York’s plan in free agency to alleviate pressure off of Sam Darnold.
“I think we still have a lot to do in both those regards moving forward,” Douglas said, via NJ.com. “I think we’ve done our best to attack some of the issues that we had in the past. . . . That’s our focus, doing everything we can to help Sam succeed. The one thing that we didn’t want, we didn’t want a situation where Sam was just going to have to be under fire all the time with protection issues.”
Since early in free agency, the Jets have made a concerted effort to address the issues on the offensive line. On the offensive line alone, New York added George Fant, Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and Josh Andrews in free agency.
Despite missing six games in his first two seasons, Darnold has been sacked 63 times so far in his career. With Darnold being the face of the franchise moving forward, New York realizes they have to keep him upright if they want him to reach his potential.
While the Jets did a decent job strengthening the offensive line, they did lose Robby Anderson in free agency to the Carolina Panthers. However, they replaced Anderson by signing Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal. If Darnold is able to get better protection, there aren’t going to be any excuses for him next season.