clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Jets 2018 Roster Countdown: Number 77 James Carpenter

New, comments
Los Angeles Rams v New York Jets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Our Jets roster countdown now moves to James Carpenter.

Name: James Carpenter

Number: 77

Year with Jets: 4th

Projected Role: Starting left guard

His 2017: Carpenter’s career has been full of ups and downs. After a lot of ups in his first two years with the Jets, Carpenter took a turn down in 2017. Just by the eyeball test, I thought he was less effective. And while stats do not tell the whole story for offensive linemen, they also suggest Carpenter was less effective in 2017 than he was in the previous two seasons. PFF says he was responsible for 4 sacks last season after allowing 4 combined in the previous two seasons. PFF also blamed him for 10 quarterback hits after allowing 11 combined in the previous two years. In the run game, PFF says the Jets averaged 3.8 yards per attempt running to left guard against 4.5 per attempt in 2016 and 4.7 per attempt in 2015.

2018 will be a success if: Carpenter reverts to the form he showed in his first two Jets seasons. At this point, I think you have to call Carpenter a rare recent free agent success story for this team. Can be bounce back in 2018? He is an average player who has been up and down. There would be some logic in suggesting he is due a good year. One potential concern is that his 2017 decline coincided with the Jets moving to a rushing attack that is based in zone blocking. That doesn’t fit his skillset, and with Jeremy Bates taking over for John Morton as offensive coordinator the Jets potentially could increase their ratio of zone runs.

Odds of making the roster: Concerns aside, the Jets are comfortable with Carpenter as their starting left guard. He is a Lock (>99%).