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Jets 2018 Roster Countdown: Number 78 Jonotthan Harrison

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We now take a look at Jonotthan Harrison in our Jets roster countdown.

Name: Jonotthan Harrison

Number: 78

Year with Jets: 2nd

Projected Role: Backup interior offensive lineman

His 2017: The Jets signed Harrison in the offseason from the Colts, and there was some chatter about him potentially competing for the starting center job. There is no indication the team gave serious thought to starting him over Wesley Johnson, however, so most of his season was spent on the bench.

Harrison saw the vast majority of his playing time during the last two weeks of the season when Johnson was injured. I feel like the perception of his performance was better than the reality. The play that sticks in everybody’s mind was when he threw a downfield block that helped spring Bilal Powell for a long touchdown run. It reminds me of something a coach once told me. If the only highlights an offensive lineman has are blocks 10 or more yards down the field, he probably isn’t much of a player. Even a really bad offensive lineman is going to be able to wipe out a safety 20 yards from the line of scrimmage. Offensive linemen are really judged on what they do in the trenches, and my eyeballs told me that Harrison was no better than Johnson.

2018 will be a success if: Harrison provides the Jets quality depth at center and guard.

Odds of making the roster: The signings of Spencer Long and Travis Swanson give Harrison a narrower path to the roster than he had last season. On the one hand, Harrison has 24 games of starting experience, which could be desirable in a backup. On the other hand, those 24 games have been littered with shaky play. Sometimes it makes more sense to go with an unknown than a known mediocrity. With all this in mind, I think Harrison is 50/50.