Getting this assistant coach was “big” for the Jets Dan Leberfeld

He was one of the most important hires by Robert Saleh and it worked out very well.

Talking about Jets offensive line coach and running game coordinator John Benton.

Honestly, it was surprising that Kyle Shanahan let him get out of San Francisco, where he was offensive line coach from 2017-20.

Benton did a heck of a job during his first year as Jets line coach.

Just think about all the big runs by Michael Carter, or the improved play of center Connor McGovern and left tackle George Fant, or the development of rookie guard Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Yes, Zach Wilson was sacked nine times in the season finale in Buffalo, but keep in mind McGovern and Fant were out, and Wilson sometimes holds the ball too long.

Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur knows he was fortunate they were able to get Benton on their staff.

“(Getting) John Benton was big,” LaFleur said in an exclusive interview with the Jets website. “He has done it for so long in this league, he’s done it successfully at so many different stops. So for us to be able to get him here was an absolutely huge hire, not only for myself as a first-time play-caller, first-time coordinator, but for the players, to have a guy with that much knowledge and for a guy who has been able to develop players to a high level.”

For the sage Benton to get to work with so many offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl this year will help the Jets in the draft.

Expect one or two of those Senior Bowl offensive linemen that Benton worked with in Mobile to possibly land in Florham Park.

And they will be in good hands with Benton developing them.


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