Found July 23, 2012 on The Jersey Jets Fan:
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The New York Jets have acquired offensive tackle Jeff Otah from the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick. Jeff Otah was the 19th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and has played well in action, although his health is a real concern for the New York Jets. If healthy, Jeff Otah can become a major upgrade over current right tackle Wayne Hunter, but that’s a big if according to Rich Cimini.

 Hunter’s legion of critics might be celebrating the trade, but don’t get too carried away. Otah comes with his share of baggage, so he’s anything but a sure thing. He has played in only 29 games in four seasons, having missed 31 of the last 35 games because of injuries to his left knee. In fact, he tweaked the knee last month in an OTA, setting off alarm bells in Carolina. It turned out to be no serious damage, according to Panthers coach Ron Rivera. We’ll see if Otah passes the Jets’ physical.
The Jets got him for an undisclosed conditional pick. Considering his injury history and the fact that he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract, it’s probably a sixth- or seventh-round pick that could escalate based on playing time. It’s a relatively risk-free move for the Jets. -ESPN New York

Let’s hope that Jeff Otah can regain his health because he would be a massive upgrade over Wayne Hunter at right tackle. The Jets coaching staff continues to tell the fan base that they have faith in Wayne Hunter, but the reality is, this move doesn’t take place if they did have faith. At the very least, Jeff Otah will provide depth to the Jets thin offensive line, which is certainly a plus. And at the price of a 6th or 7th round draft pick, I’ll definitely take it.

Now to just get rid of Vlad Ducasse somehow?


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