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Jets get Alex Lewis from Ravens to beef up offensive line

Ravens offensive guard Alex Lewis watches from the

Ravens offensive guard Alex Lewis watches from the sideline during the second half of a game against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 25, 2016. Credit: AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets acquired offensive lineman Alex Lewis from the Ravens on Monday, some necessary depth for an offensive line that has little behind Kelechi Osemele and Brian Winters at the guard position.

Lewis announced Monday that he had been released by the Ravens. The Jets, though, snapped him up before he could go on the waiver wire. The move was in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft, according to reports.

This is the second move general manager Joe Douglas has made this week to bolster the offensive line, the other being coaxing former Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil out of retirement.

Lewis, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, missed the last four games of the 2018 season because of shoulder surgery and began training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He also missed all of 2017 because of preseason shoulder surgery.

The Jets also claimed cornerback Alex Brown, who was waived by the Eagles, and waived wide receiver-kick returner Quadree Henderson.

Jenkins’ special diet

Jordan Jenkins said he’s using specifically tailored meal plans to build muscle mass and cut down on the upper-body weight that he’s struggled with.

“I just wanted to be healthier,” the fourth-year outside linebacker said. “You get what you put in, and if I’m putting all this bad stuff in, I’m not going to be able to perform on Sunday. That’s generally the thought about it. If you’re going to be a pro, be a pro.”

Jenkins, who will be the team’s top edge rusher, played in 16 games last year and had a career-high seven sacks along with two forced fumbles and 24 tackles.

“I want to go as far as I can take it,” Jenkins said. “I’d been honored to make it to this level and I’d be a fool if I didn’t try to take it as far as I can go and work as hard as I can.”

Jet streams

Leonard Williams didn’t practice Monday because of an irritated hip. Adam Gase said the move was more preventive . . . Tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle sprain) returned to practice but still had some limitations. "It seemed like he’s all right,” Gase said. “I’m sure he wasn’t feeling 100 percent, but I think he wanted to get back out there as soon as possible.”


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