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Despite nothing occurring on the trade market, the Jets made a move to add depth to the offensive line.

The New York Jets did make a move today, but it was not a trade.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets have signed offensive guard Rodger Saffold to their practice squad “with the intention to promote him to their active roster.” The Jets also confirmed the report in their most recent roster moves announcement.

Saffold, 35, last played for the Buffalo Bills in 2022 and is reunited with his former offensive line coach, Keith Carter, whom he played for in Tennessee. The veteran offensive lineman is a two-time Pro Bowler, earning the accolade most recently in his 2022 season.

Yet, the statistics were not kind to Saffold last season. He graded out as a below-average blocker in both the running and passing games, according to PFF. Saffold was credited 36 pressures, four quarterback hits, and two sacks. This was in addition to 10 penalties called on him.

Despite last season’s struggles, Saffold has been a relatively consistent player along the offensive line for most of his career. He offers the Jets some much-needed versatility, as the veteran has accrued snaps at both guard and tackle positions in his career.

A free-agent addition should not be expected to come in and play like an All-Pro. There is a reason that it took Saffold this long to find a home on an NFL roster. But considering the state of the Jets’ offensive line, specifically on the interior, adding a veteran who has played over 10,000 offensive snaps should only help improve the situation for the Jets. 

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Brandon Pokrass
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May 2023, with a Communications Degree, a concentration in Multimedia Journalism, and a minor in Broadcasting. Wrote for Jets Insider for two years, previously hosted a Knicks podcast for Let's Talk Knicks, and currently contributes to Inside the Iggles. Avid movie watcher, gym goer, music listener, and MMA fan.
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1 month ago

How the heck was JD not in on Ezra Cleveland. He only cost a 6th pick. Scaffold was not good last year.

1 month ago
Reply to  NCgreen73

We don’t know that he wasn’t in on him, in fact my sense from Joe’s press conference body language when asked is that he was in on him.

Robert Papalia
Robert Papalia
1 month ago

Better than nothing. Jets need bodies and that is what this move is.