Looking to upgrade a running game that has ranked in the bottom-third of the league in yards per carry in each of the last two seasons, the New York Jets are scheduled to meet with former Lions guard Stephen Peterman, according to the New York Daily News.
Peterman, 31, started every game for Detroit over the last three seasons and received 86 starts in a Lions' uniform during the last seven years. The reported visit comes days after the Bears agreed to terms with former Jets' starting guard Matt Slauson on a one-year deal. The Jets could sign Peterman to replace veteran starting guard Brandon Moore, who has received little interest on the open market.
The lack of interest in Moore is perplexing considering his strong play in recent seasons. Following his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2011, Moore ranked fourth in overall efficiency and fifth in run-blocking among starting guards last season by Pro Football Focus. Moore is also durable after starting every regular season game for the Jets over the last eight seasons. Age could be a concern, though, as Moore will turn 33 in June.
Peterman, meanwhile, has been solid over the last several years. Last season, he ranked 11th among starting guards in overall efficiency by Pro Football Focus. While Peterman is regarded for his pass blocking, he struggled with that facet of his game in 2012. The former Lions guard allowed 37 quarterback hurries last season, the most among guards that appeared in at least 75 percent of their team's offensive snaps, the website found. In Peterman's previous two seasons he allowed only six sacks combined, including two in 2011.
Peterman, a nine-year veteran, was released by the Lions in February in a salary cap-related move. The former LSU lineman carried a cap hit of $3.25 million for 2013 before he was waived.
Despite the loss of running back Shonn Greene to the Titans last month, Rex Ryan's team has replaced Greene with veteran Mike Goodson. The former Raiders and Panthers back is a power runner, known for his ability to create yards after contact.
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