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New York Jets acquire right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in trade with Kansas City Chiefs

The New York Jets bolstered their offensive line depth at the trade deadline, getting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs received backup tight end and special-teamer Daniel Brown in the deal. Both players will be free agents after the season.

Duvernay-Tardif, 30, started for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV after the 2019 season, but hasn’t played a match since that Super Bowl. He was active for the first time this season Monday night versus the New York Giants, but saw no action.

Once he gets settled, Duvernay-Tardif could push starting right guard Greg Van Roten, who has struggled at times. “It’s an opportunity to add a Super Bowl champion to the room,” Jets general manager Joe Douglas said.

“You guys know how I feel about offensive and defensive linemen. If there’s an opportunity to improve those rooms, we’re going to do it. LDT brings that championship pedigree. A high-character person. Obviously, he’s a very smart guy. I can’t wait to get him in here and see him compete.”

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A medical school graduate, Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out last season due to COVID-19 reasons.

He opted to continue working at a long-term care facility near his home in Montreal, Quebec.

He returned to the Chiefs this summer for training camp, but injured a hand and missed the preseason. By the time he was healthy, he had been replaced in the lineup by rookie Trey Smith. He was a healthy scratch for the first seven matches.

“NYC here we come!” Tardif tweeted, along with a statement thanking the Chiefs organization and fans.

The Jets have been hurt by injuries on the offensive line. In training camp, they lost backup guard Alex Lewis, who decided to retire.

Brown was a core special-teamer for the Jets, but he didn’t play much on offense — only 13 snaps and no receptions.

After weeks of speculation, the Jets didn’t trade safety Marcus Maye or wide receiver Jamison Crowder, both on expiring contracts. Douglas was noncommittal on whether he wants to re-sign Maye after the season, a departure from his previous stance. Last spring, he called Maye a priority. They wound up giving him the franchise tag.

Douglas stated “there’s a lot of meat left on the bone” with regard to the season, meaning he has 10 games before making a decision on Maye’s future.

He said the organization supports Maye, who faces DUI charges from a February arrest. Douglas called it a “mistake,” adding, “We don’t condone the action, but we support the man.”

He also said he wasn’t bothered that Maye hid the arrest from the organization, and the NFL, for seven months. It didn’t come to light until it was reported by the media.

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Philadelphia Eagles starting left tackle Andre Dillard tears biceps

Eagles left tackle Andre Dillard will miss the 2020 campaign with a biceps injury, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Derrick Gunn, formerly of NBC Sports Philadelphia, first reported Dillard suffered a biceps injury Thursday, and he added the team hoped it was not a tear. Later, NFL Media and ESPN confirmed Gunn’s report and added that Dillard will need season-ending surgery.

Dillard’s injury is a heavy blow to an Eagles offensive line that already lost Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks for the season to a torn Achilles in June.

Dillard was present at practice early Thursday but left before team drills began. Dillard, 24, was slated to take over the starting left tackle job in 2020. The team traded up to select him with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and after sitting behind future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Peters for a season, Dillard was poised to take over the starting spot.

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The Eagles have a deep group of offensive linemen, but it’s young and inexperienced after Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s exit in free agency. In Dillard’s absence, the most logical move seems to be moving Peters, who returned to the Eagles to replace Brooks at right guard, to left tackle and moving third-year pro Matt Pryor up in Peters’ place.

The Eagles, however, already signed Peters to play over Pryor during the offseason.

Pryor started camp working as the backup right guard behind Peters, but after right tackle Lane Johnson suffered a lower body injury that caused him to miss a week of practice, Pryor has been working as the top right tackle.

Third-year pro Jordan Mailata took Dillard’s spot at left tackle with the first team Thursday, but he’s had his share of struggles in camp.

Still, the easiest move would be to slide Peters over and promote Pryor, but it depends on the rest of the offensive line staying healthy.

Dillard had an up-and-down camp. He was not “dominant” by any stretch as suggested above by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He missed practice earlier this week with an upper body injury, and while he mostly held his own, he was involved in a scary moment Wednesday.

Dillard was bull-rushed by defensive end Joe Ostman, lost his balance and fell into quarterback Carson Wentz’s legs. Wentz got up slowly, but he was fine. It was an alarming moment. The Eagles appeared for Dillard in Year 2 despite some physical and mental struggles in his rookie season.

The former Washington State standout stated he added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason and felt much stronger. Unfortunately for Dillard and the Eagles, he’ll have to wait a year to show off his improvement.

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