There’s usually a correlation between the teams with the best offensive lines in the league — Dallas, Oakland, Atlanta — and the worst.
And as the season heads into its second half, the spotlight will shine on undrafted free-agent left tackles who have a disproportionate amount Dougie Hamilton Youth Jersey of pressure on them as they try to protect their quarterback’s blind side.
In Washington, starting left tackle Trent Williams — who some NFL coaches believe is the best unsung tackle in the league — will start a four-game suspension Sunday, leaving the Redskins to rely on Ty Nsekhe, an undrafted free agent from Texas State who now is on his fourth NFL team.
In Arizona, starting left tackle Jared Veldheer is out for the year with a torn triceps, leaving the Cardinals to start John Wetzel, an undrafted free agent from Boston College who also is on his fourth team.
Gordon is No. 3 in the NFL in rushing with 792 yards, and Ajayi is No. 6 with 646 yards. Both tall and agile athletes, the two share a physical, hard-charging running style complemented by speed to break loose in the open field.
Gordon and Ajayi developed a friendship while training together Jake DeBrusk Youth Jersey for the draft two years ago in nearby Carlsbad, California, at the EXOS training facility.
“I look at him as a brother,” Ajayi said about Gordon. “It’s going to be fun going against him as the matchup this week. We talked yesterday (Tuesday), and we talk quite often. So it’s going to be fun. I can’t wait.”
And that brotherhood has continued over the years. Gordon said he stayed at Ajayi’s house in Florida this year while rehabbing from knee surgery this offseason, and he took a trip to London to visit Ajayi’s native England.
Not at tight end, where Rob Gronkowski pretty much plays every snap and Martellus Bennett comes off only in the 3-WR/1-TE/1-RB grouping. and not at wide receiver, where Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan are locked in as No. 1 and 2 with Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell splitting reps in the No. 3 role. So the one position to watch is RB, where Dion Lewis is close to returning to game action, which could come as soon as Sunday against the Seahawks. The Patriots have planned to take it slow with Lewis, but he could eventually cut into some of James White’s snaps.