How the hell am I supposed to know who this is? - Josh Andrews

In an occasional feature, we're going to briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an unexpected impact during camp or in the season. Today, we focus on offensive lineman Josh Andrews.

What he did:

Andrews saw action late in Sunday's game after starting center Connor McGovern departed with a hamstring injury. It looks likely McGovern won't be able to start on Sunday, so Andrews is in line to make the first start of his career.

Despite being 29 and in his seventh season, Andrews entered the season with less than offensive 100 snaps under his belt with 49 being the highest number of snaps he's played in any one game.

The Jets - and specifically general manager Joe Douglas - were obviously familiar with Andrews because he used to play for the Eagles. They opted to retain him as the backup center over the more experienced Jonotthan Harrison but really the only reason Harrison has played and Andrews hasn't was that Harrison was fortunate enough to be backing up players who got injured to give him an opportunity.

Andrews fared reasonably well in his 19 snaps on Sunday, although he did have one low snap.


Andrews is a bit of an unknown quantity but the coaching staff seems to have confidence in his ability to come in and hold the fort.

Perhaps the bigger concern at this stage is what will happen to the chemistry on the line. The starting five had been starting to gel but with no McGovern and no George Fant (who is likely to be replaced by Chuma Edoga), they lose two of their more experienced linemen.

Another concern is the lack of depth remaining on the roster. The only fully healthy reserve right now is Conor McDermott and the Jets may need to bring someone up from the practice squad for extra cover.

Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis could both theoretically slide across to center in an emergency and McDermott can play guard or tackle, so the Jets can potentially cope with one injury, although it would hardly be an ideal situation.

More on Andrews:

Here's the in-depth scouting report on Andrews.