AFC East inside offensive linemen
Dave Gettleman of the NFL calls them “Hog Mollies,” Adam Gase doesn’t see them as an important position. Tom Brady (if that wasn’t part of his avowed disinformation campaigns) thinks they are the most important part of the offense.
Inside offensive lineman. Singularly the least glamorous and the most underpaid – come see me Tight Ends – NFL players. Responsible for creating daylight for the Running Backs and advancing the trench. They go head to head, Down after Down, to contain some of the tallest and most tenacious athletes on the planet. Add the Linebacker and fully loaded Safety Blitzes and you have a brutal Sunday afternoon.
If you have a good game, your team’s running back will get over 100 yards and be in contention for the offensive player of the week. Have a good game season and your QB will throw 35 TD, 4,000 yards and add another $ 10 million to his annual income. Meanwhile, you just hope GM’s Cape alchemy doesn’t involve “getting cheaper on the inside.”
That said, if you are Elite – like any profession – payday will come and your QB will ensure a stable pipeline of juicy steak dinners. Joe Thuney represents that mold in 2021 by landing a healthy $ 80 million, 5-year contract to be a Superbowl contender. Fortunately for the AFC East defensive lineman, his departure is a major loss for the Patriots.
Towards the end of your AFC East blackouts, let’s take a look at our assortment of Hog Mollies, preparing for the fight in 2021 for the inglorious right to be anonymous: Depth charts, Cap hits and potential scale. Rookie.
- () = cap reached $ US rounded
- A / AVG = figure of the annual average salary ceiling
- R = 2021 recruit
- RPS = Potential Rookie Scale 1-5 (5 being explosive)
Cody Ford (2), Jon Feliciano (3.3), Jamil Douglas (1), Ike Boettger (2), Syrus Tuitele (0.7), Jack Anderson R (0.7), Forest lamp (1), Steven Gonzalez (0.7), Mitch Morse (8.3), Ryan Bates (0.9), Jordan Devey (0.9), Daryl Williams (6), Ryan Bates (0.9)
Total of station group = 13
Total position group cap = 28.4
RPS = 2
Mitch Morse is the inner “dad” of the Bills group. Drafted 49th overall in 2015 by the Chiefs, Morse is a model center that is strong, consistent and efficient. He’s keeping the line tidy and Allen is free to do his job. Morse played 82% of 2020 snaps, placed 4th among crosses in penalties and allowed only one sack.
On either side of Morse are Ford and Feliciano. Neither has managed to start more than half of the season in rotation with Douglas and Boettger. Consistency is key, especially when coaches are looking at the mix of 5s rather than players in a vacuum.
Forrest Lamp was a highly touted rookie entering the league in 2017. Unfortunately, his rookie year was an achilles straight away, 2019 wasn’t much better. Last year, on the other hand, Lamp took the most shots of any NFL player, 1174. Despite this and his QB’s excellent play, Lamp was transferred to Buffalo under the new coaching regime of THE.
Beane (GM) took 7th round flyer Jack Anderson of Texas Tech in this year’s draft who has good size and power but – Buffalo Scouts – must have inside information about his potential and character to justify this. choice. This is an expensive room for Buffalo. With Josh Allen’s contract looming, I suspect some reshuffles soon enough.
Salomon Kindley (1), Robert hunt (1.8), Michael Dieter (1), Robert Jones R (0.7), Jermaine Eluemunor (1), Matt Skura (1.8), Tyler Gauthier (0.8), Cameron Tom (1), Durval Queiroz Neto (0.7)
Total of station group = 9
Total position group cap = 9.8
RPS = 2
Miami is deeply committed to overhauling its offensive line. They don’t hesitate to aggressively flip the list, this Front Office is all about icy business decisions. After looking at the performance of the units last year, the key idea was Robert Hunt.
After a slow start to Tackle, at the end of the season, Hunt brutalized defenders in the running game. Flowers injured himself, allowing Solomon Kindley to switch to Left Guard, inadvertently revealing the best inner mix.
Flowers were shipped – at some cost (death) from Cap – to Washington, and “Brass” of Miami openly announced that Kindley and Hunt would be the Dolphins Left and Right Guards in 2021. If there was any debate left to be had, that was canceled in the 2nd round of this year’s draft when Liam Eichenberg was added to the roster as a suspected right tackle.
Matt Skura came from Baltimore as a supposed center starter, but Miami fans are wondering exactly where Michael Dieter is in his development as well. He’s been training quietly at the Center for the past 18 months after starting 15 games at Left Guard in 2019. Miami loves him.
Behind the starting 3 are a few versatile veterans more than happy to steal pictures. DJ Fluker and Jesse Davis will be Miami’s “swingers” this year and that should be a comfort. If Kindly, Hunt and Dieter live up to their potential, this unit could be extremely effective this year.
New England Patriots:
Michael Onwenu (0.8), Shaquille Mason (9.5), Marcus Martin (0.9), William Sherman R (0.7), Alex Redmond (0.9), David Andrews (1.7), Ted Karras (3), James Ferentz (0.9)
Total of station group = 8
Total position group cap = 18.4
RPS = 2
Thuney’s departure was the talk of the town this offseason, although it is highly anticipated. Belichick used the Franchise Tag last year to keep it on the list and the development of Onwenu made it difficult for Bill to pay it off very easily this time around. A classic New England procedure.
Starting 16 games at Right Tackle in 2020, Onwenu, the 6th round pick is an athlete bully. Assuming Wynn and Brown become the bookends, Onwenu slips into Thuney’s shoes with a lot of hope. This makes him an extremely powerful left side of the line that will suit a (healthy) Newton attack.
The intelligent David Andrews returns to the Center supported by the ex-Dolphin Karras. Another player who sampled the one-year sabbatical in Florida. Neither center is top tier or explosive, but neither will cost you games or negative games.
On the right side, Shaq Mason will be pushed by Justin Herron. Mason is very reliable and quietly ranked at 84.5 PFF in 2020. Will sherman rounds out the group as Colorado’s 6th round pick.
New York Jets:
Greg Van Roten (3.6), Alijah Vera-Tucker R (0.7), Dan Feeney (4.2), Alex Lewis (5), Corey Levin (0.9), Conor McDermott (1.2), Tristan Hoge R (0.7), Conner McGovern (9.3), James Murray (0.9)
Total of station group = 9
Total position group limit =
RPS = 4
After picking a high-value left tackle and then anointed franchise quarterback, Douglas (GM) went straight to an offensive inside lineman with his second 1st round pick. Joe was so excited for Alijah that he distributed 23, 66 and 86 to Minnesota in return for 14 and 143. The heart wants what the heart wants.
Vera-Tucker was distinguished at USC and won the Morris Trophy in 2020. A peer-reviewed lineman award that Penei Sewel won in 2019. He will sit directly between Becton and McGovern (of the McGovern clan ) forming a formidable left (blind) on the side of the castle wall.
On the other hand, Greg Van Roten is perfectly usable even if he is disappointing. With all the changes in New York and such a reliance on Rookie playmakers, just having a consistent and reliable starting 5 will go a long way in securing a handful of wins in 2021.
McGovern, as the 11th highest-paid center in the league, will need to consolidate his game under Saleh and take full leadership of that unit. Feeney and Lewis are expensive substitutes who will have to push hard during training camp. Feeney will push McGovern and Vera-Tucker and be invaluable if injured. Lewis may have to try his luck on the right side to get some shots.
Tristan Hoge is new blood on the inside. He was a shrewd pickup from Douglas despite a tumultuous 2019 with injuries, then enduring Covid and pneumonia in 2020. In 2018, he started 13 games for BYU at Right Guard while Wilson was quarterback for 7 first-year starts. Never underestimate the power of familiarity and acquired cohesion.
Guard is a funny old position. The center is incredibly important. As a unit, these 3 guys have a huge influence on the success and / or failure of an offense. A bad Snap can be a game-changer. A Slow Guard can crash a Running Back for a loss. Bad teamwork will make your QB run for its life.
In light of these factors, it’s strange how few teams can claim to have a great pair of guards. Not to mention having a high level center sandwiched between them. AFC East reveals this. Top OLine is hard to find in clusters, even harder to keep everyone paid if you do.
The Miami unit currently has the highest growth and cap. The reverse, of course, means that they could derail quickly if the development is not there. New England has a group of smart athletes in a winning culture, with Newton or Jones, I don’t see New England’s offensive issues due to poor performance online.
In Buffalo, Morse is the linchpin. On paper, they have a weakness in Guard, but 2020 was living proof of that mistake. Will the defenses find weak points in 2021? In New York, hope reigns supreme. I honestly cannot dispute the old philosophy of building through the trenches. Now with Captain Darling below center, the sanity of Jets fans largely depends on how well the offensive line gels and develops. The new additions certainly seem to be part of the game.
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