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Morgan Moses film review: NY Jets finally have stability at RT

Morgan Moses
Morgan Moses

What does Morgan Moses bring to the New York Jets’ offensive line?

The New York Jets re-acquired Morgan Moses from the Baltimore Ravens for essentially a sixth-round pick (the deal also included a fourth-round pick swap). Joe Douglas once again showed his ability to find value on the trade market, as this was an absolute steal.  Moses fills the Jets’ starting right tackle spot and is only due to make $5.5M in the final year of his contract.

The 33-year-old was one of three right tackles to have both a pass-block grade and run-block grade of 75.0+ at Pro Football Focus in 2023, joining Penei Sewell and Lane Johnson. I’m not a huge fan of the PFF grading system, but when a player’s name is included in a stat with Sewell and Johnson, it is noteworthy.

Moses allowed an average time to pressure of 3.39 seconds over the past two seasons, per NFL Next Gen Stats, which was the fourth-longest from a right tackle alignment (min. 500 pass blocking snaps). Again, he is listed with Johnson and Tristan Wirfs, two of the best tackles in the NFL.

via NFL Next Gen Stats

Moses posted impressive numbers across the board in pass protection. According to PFF, Moses allowed 25 total pressures on 450 pass-blocking snaps, a 5.6% pressure rate, which ranked 30th out of 83 qualified tackles (min. 200 pass-block snaps). For reference, on the same list, Mekhi Becton ranked 61st with a 7.8% rate (50 pressure on 644 snaps). Moses will provide some much-needed consistency in the pass-blocking game at RT.

Moses also graded well at PFF in the run game, ranking 10th-best out of 87 qualifying tackles with a 77.2 grade. Keep in mind that 159 of his run-blocking snaps were gap scheme runs and 139 were zone scheme runs.

Last season, Moses missed three games with a shoulder injury, marking the first regular-season games he’d missed since his 2014 rookie year, which is remarkable. It ended Moses’ streak of 134 consecutive games played – that type of durability is something the Jets have been desperate for on the offensive line.

The stats look good, the cap hit is minimal, and the capital traded for him was minimal. So how does Moses look on film?

Morgan Moses film breakdown

Moses wears No. 78.

The Ravens are running one of their funky formations here, as they move their left tackle Ronnie Stanley to Moses’ side. They run pin and pull – Stanley pins the DE and the WR cracks down on the LB while Moses pulls with the TE. Moses absolutely pancakes Jalen Pitre, with some help from the TE, as Dobbins soars for the TD. This is a tone-setting block, and the passion you see from Moses after the TD is awesome. The Jets have been lacking this type of energy and mean streak on the line for a while. Let’s go.

Pin and pull again here – clearly the Ravens liked getting Moses in space and using him as a puller for their gap scheme runs. Again, #20 will think twice about taking on a block from Moses when he pulls again after this play. Moses obliterates him and clears space for Hill to convert the third and short. Moses looks very athletic for his age all over the film.

Last run blocking clip. Moses creates a huge hole on wide zone to his side. Wide zone is a run concept where the RB is reading the tackle’s block (to whichever side the run is to). Moses does a great job quickly getting to the second level at a good pad level. He engages with former Jet Blake Cashman, displaces him, and easily gives Hill a massive lane to run through for an explosive gain. Only thing here I would prefer is for Moses to get his hands inside rather than outside as sometimes a hold could be called for his hand placement here.  Either way, he creates an explosive play.

As I write this, the best defensive player of my generation, Aaron Donald, just retired. Here is a rep of Moses holding up really well against him last year. Just a one-on-one against the best defensive player in the NFL. Moses does a great job with his footwork and shoulders, getting square with Donald quickly. He engages and as Donald uses a bull rush, Moses stymies it extremely well with an impressively strong anchor (an elite anchor can be seen all over his tape).

Randy Gregory tries to bull rush Moses on this rep and it doesn’t go well. Moses has good hand placement when Gregory engages but is a little high with his pad level. He takes the next two steps back to change that and again shows his elite anchor as after those two steps back Gregory becomes stuck in the mud. Impressive strength from Moses here as he manhandles Gregory, who is a talented pass rusher.

Lastly, another noteworthy pass rep against a great player in Denico Autry. Autry almost tries to long-arm Moses here, but Moses again shows an elite anchor and has great hand placement inside the pads of Autry to help stop any threat of his rush. He consistently pops on tape as being really good at adjusting his pass sets during reps. If he has high pad level, he takes steps and gets lower. He is a really nice watch.

Of the free agent tackles whose tape I watched, the only one who looked better than Moses was Tyron Smith. For the price the Jets paid, they will be very happy with Moses. For Jet fans, having stability at RT is something that feels foreign. As long as Moses is on the field, he will provide that for the Jets, which should be music to all Jets fans’ ears.

The Jets got their guy at right tackle! Now, Joe Douglas, go get another T and a WR.

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