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The Jets’ offensive line displayed improved play in 2021, but Joe Douglas wasn’t prepared to give up on continuing to improve the unit.
Right before the trade deadline, he dealt backup tight end Daniel Brown to the Kansas City Chiefs for their former starting guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who ended up starting seven of the last eight games.
Duvernay-Tardif replaced Greg Van Roten, who had been the subject of some fan criticism over the past two seasons, at the right guard position. The Jets may have been hoping that their offensive line would become a strength in the second half of the year. However, it’s debatable as to whether there was any tangible improvement.
So, should Duvernay-Tardif stay or go?
Case to stay
Duvernay-Tardif immediately settled into his role with the starters and showed his smarts and instincts in terms of how quickly he was able to pick up the system. This seemed to have the biggest impact in the running game, where the Jets rushed for over 100 yards as a team in four of his seven starts. They only managed this twice in the other 10 games.
The veteran is obviously regarded as a solid starter, having signed a deal for over $8 million per season back in 2017, but probably wouldn’t cost as much on a new deal.
While his overall impact perhaps wasn’t quite what the Jets hoped it would be in 2021, they might reasonably expect a more consistent performance from him in 2022 if he’s able to practice with the team throughout the offseason and develop better chemistry with his linemates.
Also, the Jets had a lot of other injuries down the stretch that had a dramatic effect, so even though the offensive line didn’t elevate the offense, it might be unfair to single them out as having underperformed.
Case to go
The main question surrounding Duvernay-Tardif’s time with the Jets is how much he actually helped them. The Jets lost six out of seven games with Duvernay-Tardif in the starting line-up last year,…