Wayne Hunter hopes to forget about 2011
We all know how bad the Jets offensive line was last year, lead by Wayne Hunter, who consistently let guys just go right past him. In free agency or through the draft we expected the Jets to make a move at right tackle. In free agency they did nothing, and in the draft they drafted an offensive lineman, but a guard. Right now at right tackle the Jets have Wayne Hunter, Vladimir Ducasse, and Austin Howard. The Jets must have some confidence in Wayne Hunter. Over the offseason the Jets did try to deal Hunter, but they had no suiters. About a week new Jets offensive line coach, Dave DeGugliemo, said, " The guy is the starting right tackle." Obviously he will have to compete with third year kid Vladimir Ducasse, who I think the Jets are rooting for, because he was such a high draft pick. In the 2010 NFL draft the Jets took Ducasse in the second round. He has yet to develop into a consistent tackle, but the Jets think this is the year where he will break out. He is only 24 years old compared to Hunter being 30, and Ducasse is 6'5, 325 which is nice size for an offensive lineman. If he wants to break out he needs to work on his footwork.
Vernon Carey while with the Dolphins
There are some names in free agency that I am sure the Jets have talked about. Vernon Carey, Marcus McNeill, Chad Clifton, and even former Giant Kareem McKenzie. These are all veteran options, but if Ducasse doesn't develop the Jets should definitely sign one and I think Vernon Carey would be the best fit. The big reason is he was coached by new Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for a couple years on the Dolphins, this will give him familiarity with the offense. At 30 years old he has stayed healthy over his career. Hopefully for the Jets, Wayne and Vlad get it done, but if not they have guys they can call.