Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: Preseason Week 1

Offensive line related news, injuries, and updates, after the preseason Hall of Fame Game and prior to Preseason Week 2. 

UPGRADES


NY Jets +5

Former All-Pro center Ryan Kalil emerged from retirement to sign a one-year $8.2 million dollar deal with the New York Jets. Kalil is thirty-four years old and had injury-plagued seasons with Carolina in 2016 (shoulder) and 2017 (neck) but made it through all of the regular-season games in 2018. Kalil retired as his contract ran out with Carolina and multiple sources had the Jets talking to Kalil about a return for at least six-weeks (since new GM Joe Douglas' hire). Some random team history, It should also be noted Kalil and Jon Beason was the other side of the Darrelle Revis draft trade in 2007.

Kalil replaces Jonotthan Harrison. Harrison was being touted by the beat writers as having an outstanding camp and simultaneously everyone agrees Kalil is an upgrade. This news is probably disappointing for Harrison, who has thirty-two games started, mostly for the Colts, but it's possible he can use the extra time to develop under Kalil and new offensive line coach Frank Pollack (formerly of Cincinnati). For those who missed the news, Kelechi Osemele also arrived via trade from Oakland to play left guard, and if both he and fellow former All-Pro Kalil can stay upright, they should be able to create space for free-agent signing Le'Veon Bell. Kelvin Beachum and Brian Winters each played 100% of snaps last season and Tom Compton could provide an alternative to Winters or Brandon Shell, should he falter at right tackle. Overall, this Jets' line is starting to look better, at least on paper, and GPA grading Kalil as a 3.25 (B+ pass block, B run block - not the All-Pro he once was, but a solid starter), they move from a low-tier line to a mid-tier group in the latest full rankings update (see below).

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