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Offensive Lines That Went Backward

A look at the offensive lines that have regressed

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a huge offensive line shortage in the NFL right now. The chasm between the extreme talent of NFL defensive linemen over the big men on the other side of the ball might be the greatest right now in the history of this league.

But don’t fear fantasy owners, the front office folks and offensive minds in the NFL certainly recognize this. And therefore, offensive coaches are now asking their linemen to do less than ever, as the NFL slowly begins to mimic college football and to a degree, the NBA. This league is quickly becoming a five on five basketball-on-grass league where deft quarterbacks identify mismatches before the ball is snapped and ask as little as possible from the blocking.

However, offensive lines still matter. And they still matter in fantasy football. While the draft didn’t demonstrate this because the incoming crop of rookies is so poor, free agency very much showed us that quality (or merely “Average on a good day”) offensive linemen are making a ton of money. Obviously this is simple economics, as the supply of big men on offense simply does not match up to the huge demand across the league.

All that being said, which teams offensive lines went backwards from last year? Several (in alphabetical order) are highlighted below. Please go back and check out the lines that went the opposite direction. As is the case with all teams this time of year, NFL rosters look much better now on paper than they will be as the season goes along. As a result, because of the time of year it is, there are fewer offensive lines that went backwards in the offseason instead of improving.

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