Jets’ George Fant back at right tackle after Duane Brown addition

Jets’ George Fant back at right tackle after Duane Brown addition

Duane Brown nonetheless had not joined the Jets, however the ripple impact of his addition was evident throughout Sunday’s observe.

George Fant — who performed left deal with final season in Mekhi Becton’s absence and retained the job over Becton in the beginning of coaching camp — was moved to proper deal with for the primary time. After it was found final week that Becton probably will miss the season with a knee damage, the Jets signed Brown and determined to maintain the 36-year-old four-time Professional Bowler at left deal with and inform Fant to change sides.

“George’s curse can be a blessing in that he’s extraordinarily versatile, very athletic,” coach Robert Saleh mentioned. “He simply needs a house, however on the identical time he’s the last word crew man. I do know he’s going to place within the work, and he’s going to do every little thing he can to be the perfect proper deal with he can presumably be. It was an excellent, productive dialog.”

Brown was anticipated Sunday evening on the facility after a delay attributable to private causes, the Jets mentioned. The idea is Brown stayed in form throughout free company and can cross the entry conditioning assessments with out problem.

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“We have to get these 5 [starting linemen] taking part in collectively rather a lot quicker,” Saleh mentioned. “Now we have not had continuity with that group for some time. We simply need 5 guys to play collectively and construct some continuity.”

The message probably was obtained simpler by Fant as a result of he and Brown had been aligned that means for 3 seasons as teammates with the Seahawks, and Fant “actually respects Duane and understands how he will help a crew win,” former Seattle offensive line coach Mike Solari advised The Submit.

Basic supervisor Joe Douglas signing Brown to exchange Becton despatched a message to the locker room.

“Joe and Saleh consider that this crew can win numerous soccer video games — and we consider it,” middle Connor McGovern mentioned. “It additionally reveals the entrance workplace’s perception that this offensive line is particular. We expect we are able to do numerous actually good issues. For them to go get the next-best doable man and slide him in, I believe that reveals what we’re anticipated to do as an offensive line and a crew.”

In talks with Brown, the Jets gained confidence that he’ll have the ability to observe extra frequently than he did final season with the Seahawks, when he was capable of restrict wear-and-tear on his knees as a result of he wasn’t studying a brand new offense. The Seahawks practiced on indoor turf and the Jets sometimes use grass.

“We really feel like we’ll have the ability to get the work in that we’d like,” Saleh mentioned, “particularly from a safety standpoint and all of the totally different walk-throughs we’ve got.”

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Saleh reversed course and didn’t play defensive finish Carl Lawson and linebacker C.J. Mosley in opposition to the Eagles. He didn’t inform them till the final minute.

“I wakened [Friday] morning simply mentioned, ‘I’m going to allow them to undergo the psychological facet of it to get their our bodies proper,’ ” Saleh mentioned. “So, they had been mentally making ready themselves to play after which within the locker room earlier than kickoff and I advised them to depart their helmets.”

Lawson, who missed all of final season, “was pissed” about not taking part in, Saleh mentioned. He’ll play Aug. 22 in opposition to the Falcons “for positive, for positive, for positive, for positive.”

Saleh laughed at seeing rookie receiver Garrett Wilson face-to-face with defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd in a near-fight regardless of gifting away an enormous measurement benefit.

“No offense Garrett, I believed it was type of cute,” Saleh mentioned. “However I need to rejoice Shep as a result of outdated Shep would’ve been punching and swinging, and he remained composed, which was superior.”

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