One of the New York Jets’ bigger unknowns entering training camp for the 2022 season is the depth at offensive tackle. Last year, the team had three proven players: George Fant, Mekhi Becton, and Morgan Moses. Moses got a better opportunity to start elsewhere in free agency this offseason. To this point, the Jets have not added any new veterans to provide depth.
Fant and Becton are coming off injuries and did not work very much with the team this offseason. As a result, they were both added to the physically unable to perform list this week.
The one new offensive tackle that the Jets added this offseason was Max Mitchell. The Jets drafted Mitchell in the fourth round out of Louisiana. While Mitchell has upside and a potentially promising future, the Jets could use better certainty at the moment for 2022.
Eight-year veteran Kendall Lamm
This morning, it was reported by Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network that the Jets are potentially looking to upgrade their offensive tackle depth with a proven veteran.
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Kendall Lamm has been in the NFL since 2015. He turned 30 years old last month. He spent his first four years with the Houston Texans. In 2019 and 2020, he was with the Cleveland Browns. Last year, Lamm played for the Tennessee Titans. He did earn a two-year contract with the Titans when he signed with them in free agency of 2021.
To this point in his career, Lamm has played in 86 total games and has 28 starts. Of those 28, Lamm had 13 (859 snaps) with the Texans in his final year with the team in 2018. Over the last two years, Lamm has only started two games, one each season. He played 116 snaps in 15 games during 2020 and 87 snaps in 12 games last year.
Lamm would provide the Jets with an upgrade to their depth at offensive tackle. Adding a player with more experience would be ideal. Having Lamm back up a healthy Fant and Becton and allowing Mitchell to ease in and develop as a rookie is the best-case scenario for the Jets at offensive tackle.