Jets sign USFL offensive lineman to round out roster competition

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The New York Jets are actively shaping their offensive line for the upcoming training camp, making strategic roster changes to enhance competition and depth. In a recent move, the team welcomed Kohl Levao and released Vitaliy Gurman in a corresponding adjustment.

New York Jets Adjust Offensive Line Roster for Training Camp

Kohl Levao, standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 324 pounds, has joined the Jets, bringing a wealth of versatility to the team’s offensive line.

Previously a player for the San Antonio Brahmas of the USFL, Levao has experience playing both guard positions and center. His background includes a significant stint at the University of Hawaii, where in his last collegiate season in 2021, he allowed 19 pressures and two sacks over 919 offensive snaps. Levao’s solid pass protection skills and potential upside are qualities the Jets are looking to capitalize on as they aim to bolster their line depth.

Departure of Vitaliy Gurman

In tandem with Levao’s addition, the Jets have parted ways with Vitaliy Gurman. Gurman, an undrafted free agent from Toledo, initially started his NFL journey with the Raiders before joining the Jets. He was signed to the Jets’ practice squad towards the end of the 2023 season but has now been released as the team reshuffles its lineup.

Strengthening the Offensive Line

The Jets have also made significant investments in their offensive line through the draft and free agency.

Notably, they selected Olu Fashanu from Penn State in the first round, alongside acquiring several offensive tackles via free agency. These moves are part of a broader strategy to enhance the offensive line’s performance in anticipation of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers’s return.

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The revamped line is expected to be a crucial component for the Jets as they look to improve their offense in 2024.

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