Jamison Crowder, George Fant, Greg Van Roten
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Joe Flacco enjoyed pristine protection on his right side against the Patriots thanks to Greg Van Roten and George Fant.

Over 28 Joe Flacco dropbacks against New England, the right side of the Jets’ offensive line was knocked with only one pressure allowed. At right tackle, George Fant was credited with allowing only one pressure for the second consecutive game, while at right guard, Greg Van Roten was credited with zero pressures for the fourth time in five games.

Let’s take a look at the protection performance of both players on Monday Night Football.


Great play by Van Roten here. He works the double-team with Fant on the 4i-tech, and then notices the linebacker blitzing late. The linebacker is “green dogging,” meaning that he is assigned to cover the tight end man-to-man, but will blitz if the tight end stays in to block, which is what happens. Van Roten pulls off the double and picks up the linebacker, hitting him just in time and at the ideal angle to send him flying past Flacco. Van Roten makes sure to finish even after the pass is thrown, pummeling the linebacker into the ground to ensure Flacco isn’t touched. Excellent effort from Van Roten to protect his quarterback.

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2 years ago

Great article Michael. So we have so many holes on this team. Do you think the Jets hang onto Fant next year and pay him his 9mil? Also, what do you think they should be looking for in the draft OL wise? Replacing Lewis at LG?

2 years ago

Decent Free Agent signings