New York Jets veteran guards Kelechi Osemele and Brian Winters are both going to sit out preseason Week 3.
The interior of the New York Jets offensive line is going to have to rely on practice to get their chemistry together.
Recently-signed center Ryan Kalil has yet to play in the preseason as he works back into football shape following a brief retirement. Additionally, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports that guards Brian Winters and Kelechi Osmele will not Play in Week 3.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 19, 2019
Winters has struggled with health over his six-year career, only making 16 starts once (last season). However, when healthy, he’s a solid guard with experience playing with quarterback Sam Darnold. He’s dealing with a shoulder injury, while fellow guard Osemele is dealing with a pectoral injury.
Osemele has also struggled with his health, appearing in only 11 games last season. However, he’s one of the best guards in the game when he’s healthy. He’s made two Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2016.
The Jets hope Kalil can be someone that’s capable of sealing the interior for Darnold. How effective they are at it will have a big impact on how effective the offense is this season. Alex Lewis and Tom Compton could see some time with the first team. They’ll each have a great opportunity to show the team why they should stick around as reserve guards.
The team is getting some good injury news, however, as starting tackle Brandon Shell is not seriously injured and expects to return soon. Additionally, cornerback Trumaine Johnson is hopeful that he’ll be ready to rock and roll when Week 1 arrives.
And last but not least, safety Marcus Maye is tentatively slated to join Second-team All-Pro and all-around great guy Jamal Adams in the secondary this week. The team recently activated Maye after he started camp on the PUP list.