Jets working to sign Morgan Moses as offensive line upgrade

The Jets may be adding to their offensive line before training camp begins.

The team is “making progress” in reaching a deal with free-agent Morgan Moses, according to an ESPN report. Moses visited the Jets last month, but the two sides did not make a deal then. The report said several teams have interest in the tackle but the Jets are considered the favorite.

Moses played seven years for Washington before the team cut him in May to shed his contract. He had been Washington’s starting right tackle for the last six years.

The 30-year-old would be an upgrade at right tackle, where George Fant is the returning starter.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Moses had a strong 2020 season. He was rated as the 18th best tackle by PFF. Fant was 64th.

The Jets have shown interest in Morgan Moses, a former Washington player.
The Jets have shown interest in Morgan Moses, a former Washington player.

If the Jets sign Moses, Fant could become their backup swing tackle, which could be a critical spot for the Jets with Mekhi Becton struggling to stay on the field last year.

Tight end Chris Herndon was not on the field for the final minicamp practice on Wednesday. Coach Robert Saleh said Herndon had some hamstring tightness.

“He was good,” Saleh said. “He came out to practice, he felt a little bit of tightness, went in. He’s perfectly fine. Wasn’t something that we wanted to push [Wednesday], but he’s fine.”

A lot has been made of Saleh trying to change the Jets’ culture; he said it’s is a work in progress and the team’s identity won’t be known until it hits a rough patch.

“I believe the culture is basically created by the people that are brought into it,” Saleh said. “That goes back to all the discussions in this offseason, everything Joe [Douglas] and his staff have done, the collaboration that has happened throughout the year, with regards to bringing in men of tremendous character, men who want to play football, love football, want to get better every single day, and just have that mindset.”

“As far as the identity goes, touched on it a couple of times, our identity is not going to reveal itself until we see adversity. When things are good, everyone loves being part of winning, everyone loves being part of the good things.

“The whole disease of me, of course, things are going to be good but, what’s going to happen when you hit adversity when things aren’t going your way? How are you going to look, not only as an individual but as a team? Those moments have to reveal themselves.”

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