The Jets continually talked this off-season about their desire to improve team speed. This move distracts from that. McGlockton is a 340-pound, soon to be 34-year-old player, who doesn't run as well as he used to. He is basically like one of those defensive linemen Bill Parcells used to like in a 3-4 defense because the best thing McGlockton does at this point of his career is tie up offensive lineman so other players can make plays. If the Jets plan on playing him at the three-technique tackle position, they might be making a mistake. The slot is usually reserved for athletic, mobile defensive tackles (like Josh Evans and Dewayne Robertson) that get up field and create problems in the opposing backfield. McGlockton used to play that way, but he doesn't anymore. That is why the Broncos signed former Dolphin and Redskin Darryl Gardner to replace him. They wanted an athletic upgrade at the position McGlockton was playing.
Another major issue with McGlockton is his conditioning. Older players, especially big guys, need to be in an off-season conditioning program. McGlockton wasn't and is in poor shape right now. He will be spending the summer trying to get into shape.
"He hasn't been in an off-season program for three months," said Herman Edwards. "It's not like big guys like going out running everyday last time I checked."
So this is going to be rough camp for McGlockton, who from all accounts is much heavier than his listed weight of 334.
"He's a huge human," said Edwards.
McGlockton seems better suited to play nose tackle for the Jets than the three-technique. However the Jets believe he is still quick enough to handle the three-technique.
"He still has real good quickness," said Terry Bradway.
You wouldn't find many people in Denver who would agree with that assessment. But before we get to critical of Bradway, in all fairness, the Jets had no choice but that make this move. With the suspension of starting three-technique tackle Josh Evans and likely holdout of first round pick Dewayne Robertson, the Jets needed a veteran defensive tackle who could "hold-the-fort" for them. Backup defensive tackles Tank Reed and Alan Harper are probably better suited for backup roles.
Robertson is the leading candidate to start at the three-technique position, but if he holds out, that idea will likely have to be scrapped. Robertson is very raw and needs a whole training camp to get ready.
"He needs to be here," said Edwards. "He needs to start with the team."
Rookie holdouts historically have led to poor rookie seasons or injuries. This is especially true at defensive tackle, where college players need a lot of work to adjust to the pro game, especially in the technique department. Last summer a couple of rookie defensive tackles, Kansas City's Ryan Sims and Arizona's Wendell Bryant, had long holdouts and their rookie campaigns were washouts.
But the way, do you know who represents Sims? It's Hadley Engelhard, who is Robertson's agent. Sims signed at the end of training camp. The Jets could be looking at a protracted holdout.
"I wouldn't say we are close," said Bradway. "There is a chance he won't be there (for the start of training camp)."