New York Jets: Examining two new additions to the offensive line

New York Jets bring in Alex Lewis.
Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Alex Lewis (72) against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens defeated the Browns 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas is making moves like a mad man, with the focus being on the offensive line. The Baltimore Ravens have gifted us C.J. Mosley and now they’ve given us offensive line depth.

Alex Lewis was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s a second-generation offensive lineman, as his dad was an All American center. It’s in his blood to be a stud at the position.

What are the New York Jets getting with Alex Lewis?

Since being drafted, however, he’s flashed the ability to be a starting-caliber offensive lineman. The problem that has kept him from achieving his potential is injuries. In 2017 he had a shoulder injury which led to season-ending surgery. In 2018 despite playing games and performing very well he still missed two games and had to get neck surgery following the season.

After things with Baltimore fell apart, the Ravens decided to take him out of the running for the starting left guard spot and trade or release him. The Jets evidently took a liking to him and acquired him in exchange for a conditional 7th rounder that goes to Baltimore in the event Lewis makes the 53 man roster. Now with injury questions with Kelvin Beachum and some of the other offensive linemen facing injuries in the past Lewis can play a 6th man type role for this offensive line which could be a bigger asset then many realize for this team.

Another guy who people should keep an eye out for is Kyron Brown. Brown was a key player for the Akron football team for the past few years. He was a captain of the team last season and had pretty solid results in college. Brown had 41 tackles, a sack, and a pick in his final season at Akron.

He had similar stats in his 2nd to last season with 49 tackles, and two picks. In his other past seasons, he had one with a career-high of 3 interceptions. He’s excellent in coverage and a beast on special teams. Now he’s proving it in camp, going from an undrafted player to seeing a bulk of second-team reps and some first-team reps in replacement for Trumaine Johnson when he was dealing with a temporary injury. Brown has already opened some eyes and with a strong training camp, he could not only crack the roster but could make some noise this season.

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