Get To Know – New York Jets OL Brent Qvale

Joe Caporoso with a closer look at a darkhorse to start for the New York Jets at right guard, second year player Brent Qvale

A few weeks back I wrote this article on the New York Jets scary lack of depth at offensive tackle. Since then, they have been active in reshuffling the depth chart. Sean Hooey was released. Charles Brown was signed after mini-camp, immediately becoming the most experienced backup tackle on the roster but maybe most interesting is what happened with second year player Brent Qvale. The Nebraska product was signed as a tryout player last summer before spending the year on the practice squad. He was brought back in 2015 on a reserve/future contract. Yet, the former tackle took more first team reps than any player at right guard in Jets minicamp.

So, what in the hell is a Brent Qvale? (pronounced KWAH-LEE)

Qvale is 6 foot 7, 315 pounds and spent five years at the University of Nebraska. In 2009, he redshirted due to a shoulder injury, in 2010 and 2011 he was a rotational guard and special teamer. In 2012, he moved to left tackle and put together a solid season paving the way for a dominant Cornhousker rushing attack and was generally considered a late round prospect after the season. However, he ended up part of a three man tackle rotation as a senior to start the year before ultimately starting the final five games at left tackle.

He went undrafted in 2014 but was considered a notable UDFA and a player who could have a merited a 6th or 7th round selection. The scouting report on him basically screams “MOVE ME TO GUARD” considering he works well in a small area and can set a wide base. He lacks the foot speed to play tackle in the NFL, particularly in the passing game. Clearly, the Jets saw a skill set worth exploring in their wide open guard battle opposite of James Carpenter.

The Jets old regime may have noticed him when scouting teammate and eventual sixth round pick Quincy Enunwa. Here are notes from Nebraska’s 2014 Pro Day on Qvale

Brent Qvale weighed in at 318 pounds and posted a 40 time around 5.1 seconds, which he was pleased with. He was also happy with his bench results, where he had 24 reps, which is a good number when you consider his arm length

Willie Colon is past the part of his career where he should be starting. Brian Winters has looked overwhelmed the past two years. We do not know what Dakota Dozier is yet. Jarvis Harrison needs a year of seasoning. James Brewer is more of a depth guy. Qvale has an intriguing enough frame and history to put himself in the discussion for playing time at guard. He will need to beat out Oday Aboushi who was competent as a second year player and should only continue to improve. Minicamp reps are one thing and it will be interesting to see how much run Qvale gets with the first team in training camp and the pre-season. The team has major question marks on the offensive line and unearthing a potential starter from the very bottom of the roster could be a big coup for the Jets.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports