Joe Douglas did everything he could to try to fix the Jets woeful offensive line this offseason. The Jets were unable to go after Joe Thuney after the Patriots franchise tagged him, so after this Douglas had to look for fallback options and one of those was NY native Greg Van Roten, who the team signed away from the Carolina Panthers…
Van Roten was a 2012 UDFA who bounced around the league, until finally finding a home with the Carolina Panthers in 2017. 2018 was his first year as a starter where he played all 16 games and had a PFF grade of 59.4 where he ranked 20th out of 32 starting LGs.His play improved in 2019 as he logged a 65.5 PFF grade and ranked 15th out of 32 starting LGs however he missed five games with a toe injury. He had an impressive 77.5 PFF pass blocking grade. Van Roten fits the athletic profile the Jets are looking for as at his college pro day he ran a 5.06 forty yard dash and a 4.38 short shuttle. Also, like fellow FA signing Connor McGovern, Van Roten commits very few penalties as he averaged just 2.8 per 1000 snaps during his time in Carolina.
Van Roten as it stands is the best guard on the Jets and should not have an issue beating out Brian Winters, who is often injured and has struggled with consistency. Van Roten should be a quality running mate for rookie Mekhi Becton in the passing game, as the rookie is still raw there and since Becton is such a mauler in the run game it will make it easier for Van Roten to get out in space and help make space for Le’Veon Bell.
Van Roten is slightly above average guard in the NFL. You feel OK with him as your second best interior OL as it currently stands. Larry Warford is still on the open market…and him, Van Roten and McGovern would be a strong unit with varying skill sets that would be a massive upgrade for Sam Darnold. Joe Thuney would have been a home-run for Joe Douglas and the Jets but getting Van Roten on an effective 1 year, 3.5-million-dollar deal is a nice add for the Jets and gives them a chance to hopefully have an offensive line that’s a lot closer to 20th in the NFL then 32nd.