Should the New York Jets pursue Morgan Moses? Is he a scheme fit? Would he play guard or tackle with the Jets? The film tells all.
You know how it goes. If a good player hits the open market and he plays a position where the Jets need help, then Jets fans are going to pester the team to sign him. Even if the player is not actually linked to the Jets in any capacity, it can sometimes feel as if they are considering how incessantly fans push the idea of signing him.
That’s been the case with former Washington Football Team right tackle Morgan Moses – except this time, there is real evidence that the Jets may be interested. The Jets met with Moses in late May shortly after he was released on May 20, and ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recently confirmed that they remain interested in signing him.
#Jets are among multiple teams that remain interested in free agent OT Morgan Moses, per sources. Moses visited New York and Chicago in recent weeks. Teams have made strides in potentially signing him but no decision made.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 8, 2021
The 30-year-old veteran offers a resume that should intrigue any OL-needy team. He started 98 consecutive regular season and playoff games at right tackle for Washington from 2015-20 and was generally a solid player. In 2020, he posted a career-high overall Pro Football Focus grade of 80.6 that ranked sixth-best among right tackles. He was the position’s second-ranked run blocker (85.9 grade) and 15th-ranked pass blocker (70.8 grade).
Needing all of the offensive line help they can get, checking in on Moses’ price is a no-brainer for the Jets. At the very least, he can give them a reliable backup at the tackle position (something they do not currently have).
These are the main questions for the Jets regarding the idea of pursuing Moses with the intention of placing him in the starting lineup:
- How substantial of an upgrade would Moses be? Is he good enough to be considered someone who should be pursued aggressively and can be handed a starting spot without competing for it?
- Is Moses a fit in Mike LaFleur’s wide-zone running scheme?
- If the Jets do sign Moses, should he play guard or tackle?
The Jets have starters locked in at left tackle (Mekhi Becton), left guard (Alijah Vera-Tucker), and center (Connor McGovern). Right tackle is also seemingly filled by George Fant, but Moses’ arrival would put that in question. New York’s only gaping hole is at right guard, where a competition is seemingly set to ensue.
With all of that in mind, it isn’t certain where Moses would play in New York. Would he steal Fant’s right tackle spot? If so, would Fant move to right guard or be relegated to a backup role? Or, could Moses slide inside to fill the right guard spot while Fant stays put at right tackle? Maybe Moses would just be a backup?
Let’s dig into the film behind the strengths and weaknesses of both Moses and Fant to figure out how much of an upgrade Moses would be, whether he is a scheme fit, and which position he should play.