The New York Jets met with free-agent offensive tackle Morgan Moses last week, according to a recent report.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the New York Jets met with free-agent offensive tackle Morgan Moses last week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 1, 2021
This is the first we’ve heard of the Jets being linked to Moses since he was released by the Washington Football Team on May 20.
Moses, 30, was a highly successful third-round pick for Washington out of Virginia in 2014. He took over as the team’s starting right tackle in 2015 and never missed a game, starting 98 consecutive regular season and playoff contests from 2015-20.
Throughout his career, Moses has generally produced at a solid level, but he had a career-best season in 2020 from a statistical standpoint. His career-high Pro Football Focus grade of 80.6 ranked sixth-best among right tackles. He had the position’s second-best run-blocking grade (85.9) and 15th-best pass blocking grade (70.8).
The Jets currently have George Fant penciled in at right tackle. Fant signed a three-year, $27.3 million contract with New York last offseason and proceeded to start 14 games in 2020, making 12 starts at right tackle and filling in to start at left tackle for Mekhi Becton in two games.
Fant’s athleticism helps him project as a strong fit in the wide-zone running scheme that the Jets offense is prepared to run under Mike LaFleur, but Fant has yet to prove he is more than a decent starter. In 2020 – his first season as a full-time starting tackle – Fant posted a 61.6 overall PFF grade that ranked at the 23rd percentile among qualified tackles and seventh-worst among qualified right tackles.
That was an improvement over Fant’s performance in his starts as a backup for the Seahawks, but as he is set to 29 years old in July, it’s worth wondering whether Fant can continue progressing.
Perhaps the Jets have their eyes on an upgrade.