Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.
Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.
"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said, via Connor Hughes or The Athletic. "All of sudden it just snapped on me in pregame warm-ups." Long added "I feel better now than I did last year."
Long signed a four-year, $27 million deal with the Jets this offseason and Todd Bowles hopes that Long will anchor the middle of an offensive line that could be blocking for no. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold by season's end.
"If you don't have someone in the middle with confidence, the whole operation is in jeopardy," Long said. "If you don't have someone definitive in there, it causes hesitation across the line."
Since joining the Jets, Long says his transition hasn't been too difficult.
"So far it's been a great transition, it's been smooth. Getting to know the guys, getting to work with them. We've got in the room and started to go over the offense. It's all been awesome."