Austin Howard felt more at home with the first unit Friday in his second day as the new starting right tackle for the New York Jets.
Howard got the starting nod Thursday, taking over for nine-year veteran Wayne Hunter.
''I'm on a line with three Pro Bowlers, and it can't get any better than that,'' Howard said. ''They're really helping me out. I got the extra time, both on the field and in the film room. I feel like I'm making progress and doing better.''
At 6-foot-7, 333 pounds, Howard is the biggest player on the Jets roster. The 25-year-old Howard was awarded the starting spot after Hunter got beat for three sacks in a 26-3 preseason loss to the Giants last Saturday night.
Hunter was part of a line last year that enabled quarterback Mark Sanchez to be sacked 39 times.
Howard looked solid in drills ahead of the Jets preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night. He was signed by the Jets off the Baltimore Ravens practice squad last November and saw limited acti...