Longtime offensive lineman Connor McGovern signed a new deal with the New York Jets. As of this posting, the exact financial structure is not available to the public. McGovern, a Missouri product, spent the 2019 season with the Denver Broncos.
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New York Jets Sign Connor McGovern
The Denver Broncos offensive line has been a mess in recent years. And last offseason, they lost longtime starting center Matt Paradis to the Carolina Panthers. In turned out for the better. Fourth-year offensive lineman Connor McGovern outplayed the new Panther in 2019 after switching to center fulltime. He graded out as the 11th best center in the league with a 71.9 overall grade from PFF and the fifth-highest grade pass blocker. In a career season before hitting the market, McGovern was never penalized and only gave up one sack in 16 starts.
McGovern was drafted by the Broncos out of Missouri in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In college, he played alongside Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse and free agent guard Evan Boehm. With a 6’4” and 306lbs frame, McGovern moved to the interior part of the offensive line after being utilized at both guard and tackle in college. McGovern would go on to not play a snap during his rookie season.
In 2017, injuries allowed McGovern to slide into the starting lineup. He started five of his 15 games that season but struggled mightily. The Broncos reshuffled the line in 2018, with McGovern receiving another shot at starting. His play improved, as he even switched to center following Paradis’ broken leg for the remainder of the season.
McGovern brings a plug-and-play starter to the table as the best center on the market this offseason. He will be entering his fifth season in 2020 at age 27, as his game should continue to improve following his first full season at center.
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