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Mehta’s Top 20 Jets Countdown: No. 19 – Can RT Brandon Shell continue to develop into key piece of the puzzle?

Shell built on a solid finish to his rookie campaign with some flashes of quality play last year. The former fifth-round pick statistically was lights out in his first three career starts in 2016 (no sacks allowed). He came down to earth in 2017 after winning the starting right tackle job over Brent Qvale in training camp. Shell allowed six sacks across 404 pass-block snaps last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He ranked 30th out of 81 qualified offensive tackles with a 95.4 pass blocking efficiency (23 total pressures) in his second year. The good news is that Shell ranked 17th in pass blocking efficiency over the final eight weeks of the season. Shell also committed the fewest penalties among the Jets offensive linemen with only two flags. He was whistled for only one pre-snap penalty in his 697 snaps. However, there were some durability concerns. Shell missed four games due to shoulder injuries (Week 4), neck injuries (Weeks 8 and 9) and a concussion (Week 17).

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