CINCINNATI — The Jets rolled out their seventh different starting offensive line on Sunday. It might be time to look for an eighth.
The line had a day to forget with a whopping seven penalties, including three that either resulted in points for the Bengals or big gains by the Jets getting wiped away. Every lineman except guard Alex Lewis had a penalty. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum had three.
“It was extremely disappointing,” guard Tom Compton said. “We’ve been playing well together. I had a couple of penalties that I have to get fixed. It just comes back to everybody doing their job.”
The line did not do its job in the 22-6 loss to the Bengals. In addition to the penalties, they gave up four sacks — three to end Carlos Dunlap.
But it was the penalties that really killed this group. Beachum had two huge ones. The first came in the second quarter on a screen pass to Bilal Powell that went for 23 yards and got the Jets into the red zone for the first time. It was called back for a block in the back by Beachum.
“I think that play killed our team and killed the drive,” Beachum said. “I thought that it was a clean play, but at the end of the day, I have a job to do and the refs didn’t think I did a good enough job.”
Beachum then got called for holding in the end zone in the third quarter, which automatically resulted in a safety and a 19-6 lead for the Bengals.
Compton had a monster penalty of his own in the third quarter. Le’Veon Bell broke a 23-yard run on third down. It would have been his longest run of the season, but Compton was flagged for holding.
“It’s just one of those things you don’t anticipate,” Jets coach Adam Gase said. “It was a little surprising when we got the holding call on the third-and-long. We felt like we had a good option to go with what they were doing. Le’Veon made a really good run, and you know, that really small block, that one really hurt us.”
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