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Jets O-Line rated third in NFL, per PFF

D'Brickashaw Ferguson was the New York Jets' first-round

D'Brickashaw Ferguson was the New York Jets' first-round draft pick in 2006. Ferguson became the first left tackle to start every game of his rookie season for the Jets since Chris Ward in 1978. The three-time Pro Bowler and children's author also helps his hometown, Freeport, and surrounding communities through his non-profit, the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation, which focuses on schools, churches and food banks. (Credit: Getty Images, 2008)

According to ProFootballFocus.com, the Jets had the third-best offensive line unit in 2012.

True, Mark Sanchez was sacked 34 times. But according to the web site, the Jets’ OL performed better than every other NFL team except the Patriots (2nd) and 49ers (1st.). PFF ranked the unit seventh in pass-blocking, third in run-blocking and third and in penalties. The site also listed a “stud” and “dud” for the Jets’ O-line:

Stud: There were plenty of contenders here, but given some of the guys he kept in check, credit to D’Brickashaw Ferguson (+23.5) for a fine year.

Dud: The run blocking of Matt Slauson (+2.5) left a lot to be desired.

Summary: Everybody wants to poke fun at the Jets, and for some reason the offensive line got caught in the crossfire. It wasn’t quite its dominant self in the early weeks of the season, but they finishing playing as well as any team. Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore played angry, while Austin Howard found his feet as an NFL tackle. Still, a line can only do so much to put skill players in position to do good things, and in that regard the Jets are sorely lacking. 

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