The Jets offensive line had a pretty low bar to meet after a horrific 2019 season.

After the unit allowed 52 sacks last year and played a huge role in the Jets’ stagnant offense, Joe Douglas invested a lot of money and a first-round pick in the unit this offseason. He brought in an entirely new starting lineup in the hopes of providing Sam Darnold with at least better protection than he had last year.

One week into the 2020 season and the new line looks like an improvement over last year’s. That’s not saying much, but it’s a positive development considering the atrocity that unfolded on offense and defense in the Jets’ Week 1 loss to the Bills.

Let’s start with the good. Three of the Jets’ five starters finished with at least a 69.0 Pro Football Focus grade. Guard Alex Lews, who started 12 games for the Jets in 2019, led the unit with an 82.9 grade, while rookie tackle Mekhi Becton tallied a 77.2 grade and guard Greg Van Roten earned a 69.8 grade. Tackle George Fant (58.8) and center Connor McGovern (58.0) didn’t play their best, but they still outperformed their 2019 counterparts.

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