AFC East

Will Left Tackle Ryan Clady Improve the New York Jets Offensive Line?

The Jets get a veteran left tackle in Ryan Clady who, when healthy, can be better than the retiring D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets were struck with the surprising news of 10 year veteran left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s retirement this past weekend. The Jets did not wait very long to fill this hole by trading for now former Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady.

Clady is a medium risk and high reward player for the Jets if he can return to his All-Pro talent before his recent and constant injuries. The Jets traded a fifth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft in return for Clady and the Bronco’s 7th round pick in this years’ draft.

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold shared his view on what type of player the Jets will be getting. “At his best Clady was an elite athlete at the position, a player whose initial quickness off the ball won him the majority of the snaps he played. But he’s a former team captain who is smart, adjusts well in game, and if healthy, will still be one of the better athletes at the position in the league. It’s a matter of how his body has recovered from the injuries, especially of the last three years, when he sandwiched a Pro Bowl selection in 2014 between injured reserve in ’13 (Lisfranc) and ’15 (torn ACL).”

The Jets are taking a calculated risk on Clady, but can move on from Clady after one season with minimal cap impact if the move does not work out. Jets fans have a lot of trust in general manager Mike Maccagnan and this is another move the team should believe in to help improve its offensive line.

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