In an occasional feature, we're going to briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an unexpected impact during the season. Today, we focus on Alex Lewis.
What he did:
Nothing yet, but it looks like Lewis is about to be thrust into the limelight. Kelechi Osemele, who was already banged-up, reportedly suffered a shoulder injury in practice yesterday which ESPN's Rich Cimini has suggested could be significant.
Osemele hasn't taken any practice reps yet this week - the injury occurred in individual drills - so it seems likely he'll miss at least Sunday's game, if not more. Lewis, who was acquired during the offseason for a conditional 2020 seventh-rounder, started 10 games at left guard for the Ravens last season and is expected to be the one who would step in.
Lewis is a hard-worker with an aggressive streak who can put together some good reps in the running game, but also can get stood up at the line and will allow players with good technique to fight off his blocks.
As a pass protector he doesn't have great recovery ability and can be moved off his spot by a bull rush, but battles hard and is used to being employed as the spare man.
On the basis of all of this, you might think he would struggle against Fletcher Cox, but Lewis coped relatively well against Grady Jarrett in 2018, so perhaps he will rise to the challenge.
With the Ravens being a team that mostly employed zone blocking schemes in the running game, Lewis should be comfortable within the Jets system but he had mixed results in preseason and his inclusion could derail any efforts the Jets have made to get their starting five on the same page prior to this game.
More on Lewis:
Here's the in-depth scouting report on Lewis.