The coaching staff loves him. Tony Sparano has been a fan of Hunter’s since he before his arrival from Miami. So much so, that while coaching Miami, Sparano wanted Miami to sign him. Clearly, he sees something in him the rest of us have not.
New line coach Dave DeGuglielmo is a fan as well. He was quoted to the tune of Hunter being the starter as long as he is the line coach. Does that mean Hunter can’t be beaten out? Of course not. What it does mean is they see ability in him, and when a coach sees ability, they bring it out. Hunter is set up for success, as much as he can be, in 2012.
Fear not, however. As little as the Jets did address the position in the offseason, there is competition in camp.
The first guy is Austin Howard. He is 6’7″, and 333 pounds, certainly the build that we want. He is in his third year in the league, playing in four games with the Eagles, before the Jets signed him off of the Ravens practice squad. He will have a chance to compete for the spot.
Stephon Heyer is a veteran signing that will compete for the spot at right tackle as well. He comes with experience, as he has 35 starts in his six year career to his credit. He’s 6’6″ 330 pounds, and will be in there vying for starting right tackle as well.
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