Wesley Johnson has a new home. The former Jets center is now a member of the Detroit Lions.
The 27 year old had been a member of the Jets in some capacity since 2014 when John Idzik claimed him off waivers from his original team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson was a fifth round pick of Pittsburgh in 2013.
He started a game in 2015 and eight in 2016 in place of an injured Nick Mangold. Aside from a good game or two he wasn’t terribly effective as a depth player, but the Jets decided to roll the dice anyway, re-signing him for 2017 and giving him the starting job. The results were disastrous. Johnson was the clear weakest link in a below average offensive line. He struggled to move people at the point of attack and was ineffective detecting stunts in pass protection.
The Jets moved quickly in the offseason to try and upgrade the center position by signing Spencer Long.