The New York Jets could have an enormous problem at right tackle.
Their starter, Breno Giacomini, has spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from a back strain sustained during mini camp. Although Giacomini was optimistic that he will return, he admitted that starting the season on the PUP list was a possibility, according to WFAN’s Chris Lopresti.
If Giacomini starts the season on the PUP list, it would mean that either sixth-year veteran Ben Ijalana or second-year lineman Brent Qvale would step in for at least the first six weeks of the season.
The problem is, neither is exactly an experienced solution. Ijalana did not play in a game last season, while Qvale dressed for all 16 games played 33 snaps last season.
New York’s offensive line could be in shambles this season. The Jets are hoping Ryan Clady can replace the legendary D’Brickashaw Ferguson at left tackle, center Nick Mangold is 32 years old and showing signs of regression, and the entire right side of the unit could use a makeover. The worst-case scenario is certainly a disastrous one if everything goes wrong.
The actual loss of Giacomini might not hurt that much, as he ranked 66th among offensive tackles, according to Pro Football Focus. The problem is the Jets have no idea what they have on the depth chart and neither Ijalana nor Qvale have looked particularly great during the preseason.