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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 Ravens practice squad. The best thing to say about Howard is that he cannot be worse than Wayne Hunter, it is physically impossible.
ESPN’s Rich CImini is reporting that the Jets remain in the trade market for a starting right tackle despite Howard’s promotion. The team will likely evaluate how he performs against Carolina on Sunday with the starters before deciding to pull the trigger on any move. At this point, it will not be easy to acquire a capable starting lineman.
Ultimately guaranteeing Hunter’s contract this off-season will go down as one of the worst moves in Mike Tannenbaum’s career as the Jets GM. It was indefensible considering his play last season and the plethora of options on the free agent market at right tackle this off-season. The Jets cannot cut Hunter at this point without taking a substantial hit to their cap and are desperately still looking for a starter with the season only a couple of weeks away.
You hate to have this type of instability on the offensive side of the football so close to the season.
I hope offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo is avoiding his office in the coming days…
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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...
Struggling right tackle Wayne Hunter has been benched by the New York Jets, and Austin Howard promoted to the starting job for the team's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
Coach Rex Ryan says Thursday that Hunter will serve as the blocking tight end - as he did in previous years before becoming the starting right tackle last season. Hunter will also be the '...
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...
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.
Newly elevated right tackle Austin Howard tweeted to Jets nation about his opportunity in the NFL.
With the demotion of struggling Wayne Hunter, Austin gets the bump to improve the offensive line.
AustinHoward68 No one has higher expectations out of me than I do of myself. I will give my all to prepare, and play as the #Jets deserve out of their RT. 8/23/12...
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.
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After failing to score a touchdown in their second preseason game, the only team in the NFL to not reach the end zone thus far, Jets head coach Rex Ryan re-assured everyone that it was not time to panic -- yet. With a sudden changing of the guard to the team's offensive line, switching starting right tackle Wayne Hunter for Austin Howard, all eyes will be on the offense ...
It has been said by many experts that football games are won in the "trenches". The battle between the offensive line and the defensive line is where games are ultimately decided for better or worse.To say the New York Jets have struggled mightily on offense would be a gross understatement.Nine total points over the first two weeks of preseason action is not good for...
When Rex Ryan held a private meeting with starting right tackle Wayne Hunter on Wednesday, the 31-year-old veteran had a feeling his days in the Jets' starting lineup were over.
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...