After a troubling performance by second year lineman Vladimir Ducasse and an ankle injury to the top reserve on the offensive line, Robert Turner, is it time for the Jets to look for veteran help?
By no means, am I suggesting it is time to throw in the towel on Ducasse. However, it is very clear he isn’t ready to play a prominent role on this team as of right now. He is not somebody you want one snap away from having to play major reps. He is probably going to need another year to develop and pick up the right tackle position, to go with what he learned at guard last year before he can become some type of contributor.
Considering that Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore have both already been banged up this year and Wayne Hunter hasn’t played a full season as a starter yet, it might be wise for the Jets to scan the free agent market. Many people are suggesting a call to Damien Woody, but I doubt he’d be willing to come back as a backup, even though he could provide terrific depth all line positions. A few other “name” veterans out there include Jonathan Stinchcomb, Shaun O’Hara, and Leonard Davis.
The severity of Turner’s ankle injury will likely determine if or how quickly the Jets look to add another body. It certainly didn’t appear last night that they had any other reserves ready to step in after Turner went down, so it could be smart to make a move sooner rather than later.