But Mangold briefly lamented the fact that Moore was not a three-point stance away from him on the Jets' offensive line anymore following the Jets' SUNY Cortland training camp practice this morning.
Moore's Green & White career goes back even further than Mangold's 2006 arrival. He was a Jets free agent in 2002, making the switch from Illinois defensive tackle to NFL offensive lineman. He began playing guard in the regular season in '03 and liked it so much that beginning with Game 7 in '04 he never missed a start.
He left the Jets as a free agent in March, but until he doesn't show up in some team's lineup on opening day, he has the longest starting and appearance streaks among all active NFL O-linemen, both at 137 games.
Rex Ryan also expressed his appreciation for Moore's contributions, which began when Rex took over the Jets' reins in '09.
"I remembered Brandon as a player — big, strong," Ryan said. "But what a tremendous player and great person. He was just a great teammate and a guy that was important to me. Being a first-time NFL head coach, I leaned on him some and he was absolutely tremendous. You can't play this game forever, but I certainly appreciated the time he had with us, for sure."
I asked Nick Mangold what he missed most about his former linemate here at camp.
"His subtle humor," the center said. "It comes off sometimes as angry or crotchety, but it had good will behind it."
"They've come in and done a good job of really fitting in well, which has been a good thing for us," he said. "Even though we don't have experience together, we have NFL experience, so instead of having to fully explain after something happens, it'll be like, 'Hey, you saw that?' 'Yeah, I saw that. Here's how we can get better at it.' So I think that's been a big help."
Now it's time to see how Mangold and his new guard partners hold up against Detroit's good pass rush in the time that the ones play the ones in the teams' preseason opener Friday.
"We've been hitting each other for a long while now. We've been getting some pretty good work in," Mangold said. "The Lions have a pretty good defense, so it's going to be a good challenge for us to see where we're at. We think we're doing some good things and this will be a good measuring stick for us."
It's a different stick than it had been in the past when No. 68 appeared on it, but Mangold will give one last nod to Moore and then lead his new group of linemates out onto Ford Field two nights from now.
Ryan said today's practice was a little different from the last open practices before preseason games that the Jets used to hold. "It was a two-field deal. We were kind of getting ready for Detroit's looks and things, which we've never really done in the past but we're doing that now." ... Rookie CB