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Is it too Early for Jets to Start Worrying About Abysmal Performance From High Priced O-Lineman?

Yes, the NFL season is a long 17 games with its share of ups and downs for just about every team, player and coach.  That’s why it’s almost never a good idea to get too high or too low after just one game.  Almost never.

For the Jets, there had to be at least a handful of folks at 1 Jets drive who worried about what they saw in week 1 from Laken Tomlinson.  The left guard who was brought in to solidify the offensive line after an outstanding career with the 49ers was, and there’s no other way to say it…abysmal.  Well, there are a few other words, but none of them suitable for this space.

If Jets didn’t know any better, they may have thought the team retained the departed Greg Van Roten and moved him to the left side.  When all was said and done, Tomlinson allowed a whopping EIGHT quarterback pressures en route to a PFF grade of 35.2.  It was Tomlinson’s worst grade since his 35.2 back in 2019.

It showed up on film time and again.  One play after another, be it run or pass, Tomlinson was repeatedly manhandled.  Whether it was a defender blowing past him right off the snap, putting him on skates with a bull rush, or just brushing him aside when Tomlinson was able to engage.

The Jets will hope like crazy that this was an opening day aberration for Tomlinson and he’ll return to form in week two.  But if you watched every Tomlinson snap from week 1, nobody could blame you for being at least a little bit concerned.

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.