The offensive line got off to a rough start as the Bills controlled the clock for much of the first half. D'Brickashaw Ferguson whiffed on a block as the first run of the day was stuffed and it didn't get much better from there. In fact, I didn't have a single positively-graded play for any of the offensive linemen until the second quarter.
The second quarter got off to a better start, as James Carpenter initially doubled with Ferguson and then peeled off to seal his man at the second level to the outside. Ferguson and Nick Mangold controlled their blocks at the point of attack to create a huge lane for Chris Ivory's long run.
The Jets didn't dominate up front like this very often though. Brian Winters had a couple of good run blocks at the point of attack, but also missed a couple of times at the second level.
Right tackle Breno Giacomini wasn't 100 percent and he had mixed results in the running game. In pass protection, he gave up a sack and was beaten on a stunt for a pressure. Ferguson didn't give up much clean pressure off the edge, but on one of the plays where he did it was costly. Marcell Dareus stunted to the outside and threw Ferguson aside to hit Ryan Fitzpatrick, leading to Fitzpatrick's second interception on a third-and-9 play when he seemed to be throwing it up for grabs downfield.
The Jets also allowed some interior pressure with Winters getting beaten once, Carpenter failing to pick up a delayed blitz and Mangold's man getting in Fitzpatrick's face as he stepped up and threw the last of his three interceptions.
Ultimately, the Jets' offensive line held up reasonably well this year in terms of not surrendering many sacks or clean pressure, but still had some struggles in individual matchups and could certainly do with an injection of youth as the Jets seek to upgrade.
Willie Colon likely won't be back and I know most of the fanbase isn't sold on Winters as his replacement at right guard. Carpenter was a nice pick-up, but his former Seattle teammate Giacomini had a disappointing season. As for Mangold and Ferguson, they bring experience and reliability to the table, but can the team afford to continue to pay them top-level salaries for their position? Ideally, I'm sure the team would love for Brent Qvale and Jarvis Harrison to develop into contributors, but how likely is that?
Next up… Bilal Powell was missing, as was that extra dimension that he's provided over the last month or so…