In 2019, the Jets relied on a hodgepodge group of players to protect Darnold, resulting in the group finishing in the bottom-five (28th) among starting O-lines, per Pro Football Focus.
Kelvin Beachum dealt with nagging injuries while Brian Winters landed on IR after Week 10. Ryan Kalil, who came out of retirement and joined the team in August, was also limited by ailments. 2019 third-round pick Chuma Edoga started just eight games, and Brandon Shell was in and out of the lineup for production reasons.
The Jets have already made moves this offseason to shore up Darnold's first line of defense, re-signing guard Alex Lewis (12 starts in '19) and adding former Panthers guard Greg Van Roten and Broncos center Connor McGovern. The team let Shell walk away and join the Seahawks; Beachum and Kalil are still on the free agent market.