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The Jets’ new offensive line will look different than expected

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Jets’ revised offensive line will look a little different than expected.

Jets coach Robert Saleh announced Monday that Laken Tomlinson, who the Jets just signed to free agency, will play left guard and Alijah Vera-Tucker will move to right guard. Tomlinson signed a three-year, $40 million deal with the Jets two weeks ago. It had been assumed he would move to right guard and Vera-Tucker, who was having a solid rookie season, would remain at left guard.

“Laken has been in the league for a long time and has played on the left for a very long time,” Saleh said. “AVT showed flexibility in college, he played tackle, he played guard. He’s got tremendous flexibility and he’s still a young pup and there’s a lot of things he can learn and I really think the dynamic of our offensive line will work really well with this interior. We have a really good one.”

Tomlinson, 30, has played left guard since joining the league in 2015. Saleh said there was no point in postponing him rather than asking Vera-Tucker to make the switch in his second season.

The Jets signed Laken Tomlinson this offseason
The Jets signed Laken Tomlinson this offseason
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Alijah Vera-Tucker at Jets training camp in 2021
Alijah Vera-Tucker at Jets training camp in 2021
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“Laken had a lot of success as a left guard as a Pro Bowler in this league last year,” Saleh said. “It’s something we just don’t want to mess with for him. AVT will be fine. He’s still young. There are still things he is still learning. He’s very, very athletic. He will be able to pick it up quickly.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/28/jets-new-offensive-line-will-look-differently-than-expected/ The Jets’ new offensive line will look different than expected

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