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The Jets overhauled their offensive line last offseason in the hope a unit that was a source of constant change in 2019 would be stabilized.
Instead, the only constant has been change.
Through 13 games, the Jets have had eight different starting offensive line combinations — one shy of their 2019 mark — because of injuries, with center Connor McGovern the only lineman to start all 13 games this season heading into Sunday’s matchup against the Rams.
“There’s been adversity and adversity’s going to make us stronger,” McGovern said Friday. “I think it’s a good base platform to grow on.”
Of course, during the course of the Jets’ 0-13 season, their injuries haven’t been limited to just the offensive line. McGovern has been the Jets’ offensive ironman of sorts — their only player, period, to start all 13 games. The lack of continuity is just one of a growing list of reasons why the Jets have the league’s 32nd-ranked offense in both yards and points.
But McGovern did not want to offer up any excuses, nor did he want to entertain the idea that all the losing is good for the Jets because of what it could mean in terms of landing the No. 1 draft pick.
“I don’t put my body through this, I don’t think anybody on the Jets puts their body through it, to lose,” McGovern said. “It might be easy for somebody sitting on the couch, eating pizza, chips and dip, to say they should keep losing, but if they’ve ever strapped the pads on, that sounds like an impossible thing for me to do. I’m going to do whatever I can to win.”
For McGovern, that has meant playing through a hamstring injury that nearly kept him out of the Jets’ Week 3 game against the Colts after it knocked him out of a loss to the 49ers the week before. He has played 772 of 792 offensive snaps (97.5 percent) this season, nearly 100 more snaps than the next closest player — guard Greg Van Roten, who played 689 snaps (87 percent) before going on injured reserve after Week 13.
Adam Gase on Friday was reminded of McGovern’s starting streak and said not to jinx it before lauding the center’s preparation and communication. McGovern heard his snap count and knocked on the wooden podium at which he was standing.
“I take a lot of pride in it,” McGovern said. “It’s rare that somebody that’s a good offensive lineman is just going to sit out and let a little nick or an injury stop him from playing. It’s part of the position, you take pride in that. You gotta be a tough dude to play in the trenches. It’s 65-80 fights in a game and that’s what your mindset is.
“I was always told there’s a difference between being hurt and injured. As long as you’re hurt, you can keep playing offensive line. So that’s kind of the mentality I’ve always taken to it.”
While uncertainty surrounds the Jets this offseason, facing potential quarterback and head coaching changes and perhaps even more roster overturn, McGovern is a safe bet to return in the middle of the Jets’ offensive line next season. The three-year, $27 million contract he signed last offseason includes guaranteed money in 2021, not to mention the consistency he has delivered the Jets in a season in which he has been surrounded by anything but.
“Honestly, I think it’s been a good growing year for me,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of personal growth, starting off a little bit rougher than I have from the past and playing at a much higher level here in this homestretch and being the player the Jets paid me to be and hopefully more than the Jets paid me to be.”
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