Van Roten was a starter with Carolina in the last two years. He even played full 100 percent of all offensive snaps in 2018. In addition, he started all 11 games in 2019 before landing on the IR on November 27th. Both years, he was the left guard but that could change in Florham Park.
Alex Lewis re-signed with the Jets on a one-year deal and he’s more likely to stay at left guard. That would shift Van Roten to right, where he’ll either enter a competition with current starter Brian Winters, or start if the team decides to move on from Winters.
Winters is slated to get $7 million in non-guarantees in 2020. This could be a good move to cut salary in order to invest in pass-rush, possibly in Jadaveon Clowney. Another concern is Robby Anderson, the Jets’ leading receiver, whom they’re patiently looking to bring back.
The Jets have two new members on the offensive line – center Connor McGovern and tackle George Fant. The changes could continue does the team release Winters, who spent half of the 2019 campaign of the Injured Reserve list. That leaves the other tackle position, non-occupied by Fant, a subject of another addition. This will likely come from the NFL Draft with the Jets’ 11th overall pick.
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