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Joe Douglas discusses NY Jets’ offseason plans at NFL Combine

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The New York Jets’ general manager has given insight into the team’s offseason plans.

At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Joe Douglas spoke about the team’s offensive line heading into free agency and the draft.

He mentioned that the release of Laken Tomlinson was the “right move for us moving forward” and was financially in the team’s best interests.

Douglas also dove into the team’s preliminary plans of building the offensive line this offseason.

“We just had some unbelievable meetings with our coaching staff, free agent meetings. We feel like there are three different avenues we can do this. Trade, free agency, and the draft,” said Douglas.

“Going through where we are with availability, going through the meetings we just went through, the flexibility of AVT (Alijah Vera-Tucker), we feel like there are some guys that can come in and be the right type of fit for us. ”

Regarding Vera-Tucker, the general manager said that they have not decided on picking up the USC product’s fifth-year option.

Douglas said the team has not decided where Vera-Tucker will line up but the goal is to keep him in a single position for the entire season. He also mentioned that the versatile offensive lineman is in “a great spot” with his Achilles injury recovery.

Douglas touched on two other key storylines regarding Jets’ players. The general manager said the team will not use the franchise tag on edge rusher Bryce Huff and that he has had “good conversations” with Huff’s agent.

He also said that the Jets have given quarterback Zach Wilson permission to seek a trade, effectively confirming what was known about the BYU product’s future with the team.

Douglas addressed the comments from Mecole Hardman’s podcast appearance during the press conference, saying, “Those are comments that definitely resonated with us.” He also mentioned that the team was “excited” to bring Hardman in but that Xavier Gipson’s emergence changed their plans.

The general manager also spoke about the team’s culture and mentality moving forward. In response to recent comments by Bills tackle Dion Dawkins, Douglas said the team needs to earn respect and that “words are meaningless.”

“We haven’t won enough, that’s obvious. But weirdly enough, I feel like the culture is in a really good place with the people that we have. We just have to go out and do it. It’s time to win; everybody knows it. It’s time to put our heads down, work, and win games.”

The comments from Douglas are not surprising. The Jets have to win a good number of football games this season, and to do so, they need to make upgrades, specifically on the offensive line.

As Douglas himself said, words are meaningless. It is time for the Jets to act, and their actions will determine whether or not they will be set up for success this upcoming season.

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