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Scouting Jets Offensive Lineman Jake Hanson

Taking a look at a Jets offensive lineman

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets recently signed offensive lineman Jake Hanson to their practice squad, and he’s already been active for two regular season games, so we’re going to break him down in detail.

The 26-year old Hanson is listed at 6’4” and 296 pounds and was a sixth round pick out of Oregon for the Packers in 2022. He played in 11 NFL games before signing with the Jets, starting one.

Background

Hanson was a three-star recruit out of high school and headed to Oregon where he redshirted the 2015 season and then became a four-year starter at center.

He made 47 starts in four seasons with the Ducks, where he was twice named as a second-team all-Pac 12 selection and twice as an honorable mention.

Having been invited to the NFL scouting combine, Hanson established himself as a late round pick and the Packers selected him in the sixth round of the 2020 draft.

Hanson didn’t make the Packers’ roster as a rookie, and he spent the year on their practice squad, but made five appearances in his second season, albeit with only six offensive snaps.

He was in the starting lineup on opening day of the 2022 season, but only played another eight offensive snaps in his other five appearances and then ended up on injured reserve. He was injured again during preseason this year and the Packers released him.

Hanson was picked up by the Jets earlier this month and was elevated for the Bills and Dolphins games. He played three snaps against the Bills.

Now let’s take a look at what Hanson brings to the table, divided into categories.

Measurables/Athleticism

Hanson lacks bulk and has below average length, but showcased good strength at the combine by posting 33 bench press reps. He looks quite athletic, but he pulled his hamstring while running his 40-yard dash and only posted a 5.4 time.

Usage

Hanson played tackle in high school, but he only played the center position throughout his college career.

With the Packers, he primarily played center in preseason but did get some reps at guard and his lone NFL start was at right guard.

Pass Blocking

Hanson allowed consistently low pressure rates throughout his college career, and he didn’t allow a sack until his final season, when he allowed two.

At the NFL level, he was usually good at staying in front of his man, but he was consistently driven back off his spot by bull rushers, so this was a clear area he needed to work at.

Run Blocking

Hanson was a key part of an Oregon team that posted some good running game numbers over the course of his career. While he isn’t a dominant drive blocker, he has good balance and can sustain a block at the point of attack.

He has shown that he can make blocks on the move, get out and find a target in space and finish well with hard work and effort.

Short Yardage

Since Hanson isn’t a powerful run blocker he can be stood up and allow penetration so runs are bottled up in short yardage situations.

The Packers did manage to score on a two-yard AJ Dillon touchdown run in Hanson’s lone career start.

Screen Blocking

Hanson can be effective in the screen game, as he got plenty of chances to demonstrate with the Ducks in college.

Footwork/Technique

Hanson is a player who displays good footwork and balance, and he has a good understanding of angles and how to reset his position.

His hand placement and strikes can be accurate, but in pass protection he can lose hand fighting battles against more experienced players.

He had some issues with snapping the ball in college, as he had some low snaps in 2018 and some high snaps in 2019. When he arrived in the NFL, he had to learn how to snap to a quarterback under center, having only operated out of systems that used shotgun snaps previously.

Penalties

In his limited regular season action, Hanson hasn’t had any penalties. However, he did have three in preseason action. One of these was a false start on the goal line which forced his team to settle for a field goal. He also had holding and illegal use of the hands penalties on the same drive in another preseason game.

In college, Hanson had eight penalties in his sophomore year but only nine in his other three seasons combined. In his final year, his on-field discipline was excellent as he only had one penalty all season.

He was ejected from one game, and suspended for the first half of the next game, due to a blindside block which negated a touchdown. This call looked a little harsh.

Special Teams

Hanson has operated as a blocker on placekicking units in college and at the pro level, lining up both at guard and tackle. On one NFL regular season play, where he was at tackle, he whiffed on his block and allowed a pressure.

Instincts/Intelligence

Hanson’s smarts were consistently praised by his coaching staff at Oregon. He was tasked with calling out blocking assignments in college.

On film, he doesn’t seem to make a lot of mental errors and is good at keeping his head on a swivel and helping out his teammates on stunts and when he is the spare man.

He was once recognized on the Pac 12’s all-academic second team and twice as an honorable mention.

Attitude

Hanson’s leadership traits have also been lauded since his time with the Ducks. The Packers coaches also praised his hard work and consistent efforts to improve.

He will demonstrate good hustle and effort to finish strong on the field, showcasing an aggressive side.

Injuries

Hanson was a durable player in college, missing just two games due to injury in his career when he had a concussion in 2019. However, having pulled his hamstring at the scouting combine, Hanson has had a variety of injury issues at the pro level.

In his rookie season, Hanson was on the practice squad but ended up on the injured list due to a hip issue. In year two, he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a bicep injury in October. This year, he was waived/injured during preseason as he dealt with a shin issue.

Scheme Fit

Hanson was with the Packers when Nathaniel Hackett was their offensive coordinator so should have good familiarity with - and be a good fit for - the Jets’ current system.

While he was with Green Bay, Hanson played with several current Jets: Randall Cobb, Billy Turner, Malik Taylor, Allen Lazard, Aaron Rodgers, Tim Boyle and Adrian Amos.

Conclusions

Hanson has been available to contribute for the Jets over the past few weeks, but only needed to play three snaps when Joe Tippmann was briefly off the field with a minor injury. With Wes Schweitzer due back soon and Max Mitchell having established himself as a potential option at guard, the Jets might not need Hanson again this year unless there are even more injuries to come.

However, he’s a player that came into the league with some promise and has played with consistency during his college career and in preseason action. The Jets could well bring him back on a futures deal to compete for a spot next season.