Rookie Joe Tippmann proves he belongs as Jets’ center

The Jets' offense hasn't had much to offer this season, but they seem to have found a focal point for the next few years.

Rookie Joe Tippman has started the last five games at center after starting the first four games of the season at right guard. Mr. Tippman firmly asserts his opinion. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed just one sack and 11 pressures.

“He's doing a really great job,” coach Robert Saleh said. “He's got battle scars every week, but that's what you want in a rookie. He's going to be a very good center for a very long time. He's got a special spirit and he's a special human being. He's nervous and has good feet. He's learning something new every day that's important to him. He's going to be a jet for a long time.”

The Jets selected Tippman out of Wisconsin in the second round of last spring's draft. He was third on the depth chart at the start of training camp, but began to move up in preseason games.

He had a chance to start at right guard in Week 3, but was moved to center in late October when Connor McGovern suffered a season-ending injury.

Jets center Joe Tippman Bill Kostron/New York Post

“I don't think I knew what to expect, especially starting at guard in Week 3,” Tippman said of his rookie season. “Then I was like, 'Oh.' [crap], I'm going to be a guard in the NFL. Then, whatever the week, I moved to the center. I don't want to talk about ups and downs, but there were some surprising things that happened. ”

McGovern still helps Tippman prepare for his opponents each week, and they review the games after the games are over.

Tippman said the adjustment from the Big Ten to the NFL wasn't “terrible,” but there were some things he had to learn.

“It's the differences that matter,” Tippman says. “When you get into the red zone in college, they might put a little more pressure on you. That's a given in the NFL. You're going to get a lot more pressure. When you get down there, it's almost a completely different defense and It's going to be like playing against each other. I think that's a big thing that I was able to adapt to.”

The Jets have signed OL Jacob Hanson to the active roster and could start at RG on Sunday.

OL Wes Schweitzer was placed on injured reserve with a calf injury.

The Jets also promoted OL Chris Glazer and DL Jarrin Holmes from the practice squad.



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