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Offensive Tackles the Jets Should Target if They Don't Sign Jack Conklin

Jason Schandl
New York Jets free agent targets at tackle if they don't sign Jack Conklin.
New York Jets free agent targets at tackle if they don't sign Jack Conklin. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images
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Offseason rumors have already started to fly ahead of the official opening of the NFL Free Agency period on March 18, and that includes conflicting reports.

There have been claims that the New York Jets are likely to sign former Tennessee Titans tackle Jack Conklin, but reports quickly surfaced on the other side as well — stating that the Jets would not sign Conklin. Tackle is a position of need for Gang Green, and if they don't land Conklin, these are three players they should target instead.

1. Anthony Castonzo

Anthony Castonzo lines up before a snap against the Steelers.
Anthony Castonzo lines up before a snap against the Steelers. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

This comes with a big caveat of "if he doesn't retire," but Anthony Castonzo may be the best tackle on the market. At 31 years old, he's not especially old for an offensive lineman, and while the Jets may not be in position to contend in 2020, there's still plenty of value in adding an anchor to the offensive line in front of Sam Darnold, especially if they can convince Castonzo to sign on for a few seasons.

2. Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
Andrew Thomas during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Jets could be one of the most likely teams to draft Andrew Thomas. The lineman out of Georgia is likely to go in the top half of the first round in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he's a prime target for the Jets at No. 11. Thomas would obviously be more of a long-term play than a guy like Castonzo, but that's not to say he wouldn't be able to step in as a starter right off the bat, as he looks to be pro-ready at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds. The Jets could even double down and draft Thomas while also signing a top free agent to really shore up the line and cover their bases.

3. Mike Remmers

Mike Remmers before a snap against the Redskins.
Mike Remmers before a snap against the Redskins. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Mike Remmers isn't a young option, but at 31 years old, he should still have plenty left in the tank. He played well in 2019 as part of a New York Giants' line that was solid in pass protection, surrendering a below-average sack rate (6.6 percent, 14th-best in the NFL). Remmers himself struggled some in the run game, but Pro Football Focus graded him out well in the passing game, with a 69.0 pass blocking grade, allowing only 3 sacks in 581 pass-block snaps.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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