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New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan finally made a change many sensed was long overdue by announcing Thursday that beleaguered RT Wayne Hunter will move back to a sixth-man role with former Baltimore Ravens backup Austin Howard moving into the Jets' starting lineup.
Hunter, who surrendered a league-worst 11 sacks among right tackles last season according to ProFootballFocus.com, gave up two more to New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul in Saturday's preseason loss, a third sack was nullified by penalty.
Hunter, who also committed 11 penalties last season, was excused from Tuesday night's practice at MetLife Stadium. He was back with the team Wednesday but alternated snaps with Howard.
"The more I thought about it, I need to see Austin against Carolina,'' Ryan said while looking ahead to the Jets' Sunday night matchup with the Panthers. "This is what I want to do and we'll see how he does.
"I know what I said before about Wayne being our starting right tackle. (But) the more I went back and looked at where we're at as a football team and getting feedback from coaches and knowing the history of Wayne -- the success he had basically as a sixth man -- I decided that's the way we're going to go. ... I'm going to put Wayne in that role, where really he excelled, and that's being a guy who basically fits whether it's a tackle or guard, tight end." Source: USAToday
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In a move that was long overdue…as in it should have done after the first play of the 2011 regular season, New York Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter has been benched. His replacement for the time being will be Austin Howard, who started the Jets first pre-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Howard was an undrafted free agent in 2010 who has spent time on the Eagles and...
Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter was excused from tonight’s practice for personal reasons, according to a team spokesperson. He attended meetings yesterday.
I know this is football and a business, but you got to feel bad for the guy.
I’m guessing he didn’t feel like taking the dire of the fans during “Family Night” and I don’t blame him. Rex was smart to give him...
New York Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter has been relegated to backup duty, losing his starting job to Austin Howard. Rex Ryan revealed today that Wayne Hunter has finally been replaced in the starting lineup after showing no signs of improvement during the preseason to this point. Austin Howard will be given a shot to cement himself as the starting right tackle.
The Wayne Hunter trade watch can stand down.
The much-maligned, 10-year veteran tackle isn't going anywhere and hasn't requested a trade from the New York Jets despite his Thursday demotion after his well-chronicled struggles this preseason.
"No, he's not that kind of guy who would let down the team and is going to run away,'' Hunter's agent, Ken...
Jets’ Head Coach Rex Ryan has publicly stood behind right tackle Wayne Hunter all offseason, even though he was awful last season, his first full season as a starter, committing 11 penalties and allowing 11 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, and 32 quarterback pressures. He also struggled as a run blocker and graded out as ProFootballFocus’ 67th offensive tackle out of 73. Privately...
Wayne Hunter gets Benched
The New York Jets and head coach Rex Ryan finally benched Wayne Hunter, and will be starting Austin Howard at right tackle in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Wayne Hunter was by far the Jets worst offensive lineman last year, and with allowing 2 ½ sacks in his first preseason game against the Giants it showed that he is...
With offensive lineman Wayne Hunter's future as a starter in New York far from certain, Jets head coach Rex Ryan addressed the competition for the starting right tackle job.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Austin Howard has impressed the New York Jets in camp and could get more time at right tackle and end up starting ahead of Wayne Hunter who’s been a serious liability.
Don’t be surprised if Austin Howard gets more and more time at right tackle for the Jets and winds up as the starter. Howard has impressed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter...
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I thought Shonn ran the ball really well (against the Giants), said Ryan, via the New York Daily News. I love the way he saw that vision
you saw him squaring those pads up and he was running through. He was feeling it, there was no question.
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Although he was not expected to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the media otherwise Friday.
"It looks like Holmes is going to play," Ryan said during a news conference. The action will be...