EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - There weren't many silver linings in the Jets 34-13 lambasting by Miami on Saturday night, but one was the play by rookie offensive lineman Brandon Shell.
Shell, who was drafted this past spring in the fifth round from the University of South Carolina was sprung into action and played most of the offensive snaps due to a banged up Brent Qvale. He made the most of his opportunity by helping Jets RB Bilal Powell rush for 84 yards and more importantly, not allow a sack in 55 pass attempts... an outstanding achievement, especially when blocking against the likes of Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake.
Ironically, before being drafted, the 6'6", 324 Lb Shell was rated as an excellent run blocker but there were questions about his pass blocking ability. After Saturday, the Jets Brass has to be very excited about the young man's prospects.
Look for Shell to compete and be the favorite for the starting RT position next season.