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Center Joe Tippmann 'Learning How to Lead' in Year 2

Second-Round Pick in 2023 Taking Advice From All-Pro Tyron Smith


Despite being one of the youngest member of the Jets' new-look offensive line that is ladened with experienced veterans, center Joe Tippmann arrived at OTAs ready to take on a bigger leadership role in 2024.

"This offseason I really focused on how I can help be a guide for guys," Tippmann said during the second week of OTAs. "Just learning how to lead the guys better, kind of be a better presence in the offensive huddle. I think I am ready for that."

Tippmann, the Jets second-round pick in 2023 (No. 43), had to grow up quickly last season. He dove in headfirst, starting 14 games and appearing in 16 despite beginning the year as a backup to center Connor McGovern.

Now the full-time starter, Tippmann has spent the spring getting used to the role of snapping for future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers.

"Aaron, he's a great presence in the huddle," Tippmann said. "And then outside the huddle, he's always making recommendations. He doesn't just tell me, he teaches me. Something that I messed up or didn't understand, he's going to run it back and explain it to me how he sees it. It's something that's really helped me."

In addition to the return of Rodgers after he sustained a torn Achilles tendon last September, this offseason, Jets GM Joe Douglas swiftly retooled the group around Tippmann and established RG Alijah Vera-Tucker, acquiring LT Tyron Smith, LG John Simpson (both in free agency) and RT Morgan Moses (via trade).

Although the Jets' new five hasn't gotten on the field together yet in OTAs, Tippmann has used the time to build chemistry with the group in meetings and drills. Most importantly he has soaked up all the knowledge he can from Moses and Smith – a second-team All-Pro selection last season with the Cowboys.

"I think we have a great group of guys and we're already developing that close knit group," Tippmann said. "Just being here in this OTAs and stuff, Phase 1one and whatever, we've already been able to kind of just build that relationship in the room. It's a good feeling.

"Tyron, all the time. I'm not exactly asking him technique, just because I'm playing center, he's playing tackle and he's stronger than ever. Just kind of how to be a pro. That's a lot of the questions I'm asking him. What he does after practice, what he does for recovery, those are the huge things that I've kind of tried to pick his brain for."

Last season, the Jets offensive line was challenged for most of the season because of injuries and inconsistent play. The unit played 13 different combinations up front in 17 games. In Year 2 Tippmann is playing with a chip on his shoulder and taking it upon himself to be sure last season doesn't repeat itself, starting with leading during OTAs.

"We're just trying to build the culture of the room," Tippmann said. "I think that's kind of the culture we're trying to have, just a violent, nasty offensive line. We didn't have the best year last year, but we're going to be a whole different group."

See all of the best photos from the sixth OTA practice during the 2024 offseason program.

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