The New York Jets finally have stability on its offensive line for center Nick Mangold and left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson. According to Rich Crimini, staff writer for ESPN, former Alabama standout James Carpenter has no competition at left guard.
The 6-foot-5, 321-pound Carpenter was taken in the first round (25th overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He started 39 of 45 games and captured two NFC Conference championships. He won a Super Bowl title in 2013 and helped Seattle reach the big stage again last season, despite a loss to the New England Patriots (24-28).
Carpenter signed a four-year, $19 million deal with the Jets on Mar. 10, 2015.
Mangold and Ferguson have anchored New York’s offensive line since 2006.
Left guard has been a revolving door for the Jets, as both players have had to work with numerous guys. Carpenter’s experience alleviates that problem. He’s a solid pass blocker and an exceptional road grader in the run game. Carpenter guided Seattle’s running back Marshawn Lynch to four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, dating back to 2011.