After bringing back one of their own, Alex Lewis, the Jets quickly jumped on the opportunity to bring in former Broncos guard/center, Connor McGovern. Believe it or not it later came out that McGovern had the Jets, Vikings and 49ers to choose from leaving him to ultimately decide to join the Jets – wow someone actually chose us? I did not know much about McGovern until this offseason started to get closer to free agency, I knew he would be an option for the Jets at some point – especially if they missed out on a guy like Graham Glasgow, who is taking McGoverns spot in Denver.
I completely envision the Jets plugging in McGovern as their starting center for Sam Darnold, for the first time since the Nick Mangold days the Jets have a legitimate starting caliber center to anchor this offensive line. One telling stat on McGovern that Connor Hughes of the Athletic shared via Twitter was that the former Broncos center started 31 of 32 games the last two seasons, while referees have flagged him just NINE times in 2,510 snaps during his career – thats pretty incredible in my opinion. Also, according to Pro Football Focus – McGovern has a 82.5 pass block grade (ranked 5th among centers), 15 pressures surrendered is the t-6th fewest among qualified centers and he was the 10th ranked center in 2019. After seeing guys like Wesley Johnson, Spencer Long and Jonathan Harrison man the center position over the last three years a top 10 ranked center like Connor McGovern is going to be a welcome sight for the Jets themselves and their fans.
Joe Douglas is not the kind of GM that is going to over pay in free agency and hand out these insane contracts that we’ve been seeing over the past two days. Especially so when there are as many holes on this team as there are. I do expect the Jets to continue to make sound decisions in free agency at the offensive line group, corner, edge and receiver – these will be a fun couple of days a the Jets continue to try and add valued talent to their roster.