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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) blocks a pass made by New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) blocks a pass made by New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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With the Jets on their bye week, we've been reviewing some of the Jets players, looking in detail at their season so far and what to expect from them coming out of the bye week. We're looking at a mixture of players who've exceeded expectations and that have been disappointing so far. We continue today with a collective look at the offensive line.

Expectations prior to the season

Throughout preseason, the Jets expressed confidence in Jonotthan Harrison to man the center position, despite him having been far from convincing while relieving Spencer Long over the second half of last year. However, their actions belied that public display of faith, as they convinced veteran Ryan Kalil to come out of retirement, gave him a lucrative one-year deal and announced he would be the starter. They had already brought in veteran Kelechi Osemele via trade to be the starting left guard, hoping he'd bounce back from an injury plagued 2018 campaign.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Jonotthon Harrison, Kelechi Osemele, Kelvin Beachum
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Throughout the offseason, the Jets have responded to any suggestion that they were undermanned at the center position by stating their confidence in Jonotthan Harrison. Head coach Adam Gase said Harrison had "done a great job" and insisted that Sam Darnold had a good comfort level with him.

However, today's announcement that they've lured former pro bowl center Ryan Kalil out of retirement suggests that they never gave up looking for alternatives. Kalil signed a one-year deal, worth a reported $8.4 million - starter money for sure - and will join up with the Jets at training camp this week.

There weren't many center options on the market this year but having opted not to get into a bidding war for free agents like Matt Paradis and Mitch Morse and then failed to draft one, the Jets looked set to have to stick with the incumbent starter Harrison. Kalil wasn't on anyone's radar after the 34-year-old retired at the end of last season, having implied all season it was to be his last.

Tags: Elijah McGuire, Jonotthon Harrison, Le'Veon Bell, Trenton Cannon
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