Following a pair of offseason coaching moves, Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum believes the offense has a newfound commitment with Jeremy Bates calling the plays.
“I think the emphasis is really on the run, making sure we really run the ball consistently,” Beachum said. “Jeremy has already said we’re not going to be just dropping back the entire game, so I appreciate that as a left tackle. Rico, which is what we call [OL coach/run game coordinator Rick] Dennison, and JB are doing a great job of just putting us in a great position to be successful in the run game and then having the play action to be able to keep the defense on their heels.”
Last year, the Jets ranked No. 17 in the league with 427 total rush attempts (26.7/game). In the second week of OTAs that began Tuesday, Beachum said the offense stayed true to the run even in the third-down period of practice.
“It’s great to know that there’s an emphasis and we’re not just talking about it,” he said. “We’re actually implementing it throughout practice. It’s been great for us because it’ll set up some of the play action and deep balls.”
The seventh-year veteran will protect the blindside of the Jets’ signal callers for the second straight season, but with a new pivot man in Spencer Long. However, Long hasn’t participated in team drills yet as he’s recovering from a quad injury that put him on Injured Reserve last season. The line’s other three members from last season return in left guard James Carpenter, right tackle Brandon Shell and right guard Brian Winters, who is returning a much healthier version of himself following offseason abdomen surgery.
“I’m excited to get Spencer out there, running pretty much every rep with us, but he’s working on some things to getting back,” Beachum said. “He was kind of in the same position as I was last year. But I’m excited for everyone. I’m excited about the chemistry and getting to play with guys for an extended amount of time. I’m excited to play with Carp for another year. Winters and Brandon are getting their chemistry together. I think just being and spending time with each other and getting to play with each other for an extended amount of time just builds that chemistry, builds that bond that you need to play on the offensive line.”
Even though the O-line is a position that heavily relies on chemistry and communication, Beachum still has a checklist for individual improvements before training camp and the season.
“For me, it’s just working on the things that I didn’t do so well last year, looking at the film and things I beat myself at last year," he said. "It’s kind of hard to watch that type of tape, but I look at it and find things that I can work on and control in this portion. It’s kind of a controlled environment. There are no pads on yet, not a game on the line, so working on those things that I can control like technique, so when we do put pads on and the season starts, that technique can be refined where it needs to be.”