He may be a smooth mover on the dancefloor, but Van Roten will need more than disco footwork to secure his place on the Jets line moving forward.
Do you remember the days of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Alan Faneca, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, and Damien Woody? I often look back at that line with more than a hint of nostalgia.
At the weekend the Jets offensive line received plenty of praise, and while they certainly moved in the right direction, they still allowed 3 sacks, 14 hurries and 1 hit.
The line looked more cohesive, the communication was better and there were some individual performances to really highlight. Unfortunately, Greg Van Roten wasn’t one of those players.
I don’t like to jump on players early in the season, look at the game that McGovern had in week one in comparison to his game in week two. The difference here is that McGovern has historically been a good performer while in Denver.
Through two games Van Roten has given up 2 sacks, 9 pressures and 1 penalty. That’s good for a 45.4 pass-blocking rating and a 52.1 overall rating according to PFF. If you look at his historical record, it isn’t attractive reading.
in 2021 he’s the 56th ranked guard, in 2020 he was the 42nd ranked guard, in 2019 he enjoyed a career year where he was the 25th ranked guard and in 2018 he was the 47th ranked guard. Hardly a resume that fills you with confidence.
Unfortunately for the Jets, the depth behind Van Roten makes him the best option at the minute. Mystery man Cam Clarke picked up a season-ending injury and the backup guard on the active roster is the mullet man himself Dan Feeney. So he doesn’t have a lot of pressure behind him.
However, if the Jets want to improve their roster overall, they need to improve their weakest link and Greg Van Roten is a candidate for the weakest link
Greg Van Roten costs Zach Wilson a shot at a wide open 45-yard TD to Braxton Berrios pic.twitter.com/VNIb9cqVSz— Michael Nania (@Michael_Nania) September 22, 2021
The Jets have addressed the left side of the line over the last two years by drafting LT Becton in 2020 and AVT in 2021, but the right-side has yet to receive the same treatment. Morgan Moses was signed and following the injury to Becton, that’s looking like a good bit of business by Joe Douglas, but right guard continues to be a problem area that will need to be rectified.
Van Roten is off to one of the worst starts in his career. The Jets don’t have anyone waiting in the wings capable of taking over, but this will be an area that will eventually need to be addressed.