AFC East top 25, No. 11: Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson
Counting down the top 25 players in the AFC East, one player at a time, one day at a time.
Why D'Brickashaw Ferguson?
Few offensive tackles have been as good for as long as Ferguson, while getting as little recognition.
Not only has he never missed a start, but according to Pro Football Focus, he hasn't even missed a snap since Week 17 of 2008. That's not a misprint, that's 4,830 snaps from 2009-2012.
He helped block for a rushing attack that ranked first and fourth in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In the passing game, he was the best on an offensive line that allowed quarterback Mark Sanchez to be pressured on just 23.8 percent of drop-backs those years. He ranked in the top 10 offensive tackles in PFF's pass-blocking efficiency four of the past five years.
The Jets have a lot of questions on offense, but if Ferguson plays at the same level he's shown throughout his career, left tackle should not be one of those questions.
Did you know?
Ferguson was the first offensive linemen selected by the Jets in the first round since guard Dave Cadigan in 1988.
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