The Facts: While QB Sam Darnold should benefit from newfound protection along the offensive line as general manager Joe Douglas brought in eight O-linemen this offseason, Bell also has good reason to feel energized about the changes up front. "Asked if he's noticed the Jets' aggressive pursuit of road-graders in front of him, Bell told me via text, 'Absolutely. Can't wait, either,'" wrote ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler in an article detailing the NFL’s five most intriguing drafts that included the Jets.
Diehards Line:Fowler wrote that people around the NFL were curious how Douglas would run his first draft after the "luxury" of having a regular season under his belt. "After signing four offensive linemen (guard Greg Van Roten, center Connor McGovern, tackle George Fant, guard Alex Lewis) to three-year deals worth more than $80 million early in free agency," Fowler continued, "the Jets doubled down in the draft with run-blocking behemoth Mekhi Becton (6-7, 364 pounds) at No. 11 overall. In both cases, the Jets prioritized Darnold's pass protection over getting receiver help." They did add some help on the outside later in the draft (landing Denzel Mims) and in free agency prior to that (Breshad Perriman). But the additions up front are noteworthy, not just for Darnold, but for Bell and running mate Frank Gore as well.