4. Nick Mangold, C (NYJ)
If there was ever a more important player on the Jets offense, I don’t know him. Center Nick Mangold is that guy.
Not only did the offensive line fall apart when Mangold missed a game and change earlier in the season, but the entire offense went bankrupt.
Suddenly the Jets forgot how to block and Chris Ivory couldn’t run the ball for more than a fraction of a second before seeing defenders in his face (namely Oakland Raider defenders).
As soon as Mangold returned, so did the offense. Mangold is their best offensive player, and one of the best centers in the game. He’s also been their offensive leader for quite some time considering the painstakingly rough times for this franchise going through life without a franchise quarterback.