Is the Right Tackle Competition Heating Up for the Jets?

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Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano on the sidelines during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Maybe the Jets internally are backing off the proclamation that Wayne Hunter is the starting right tackle.

Austin Howard was signed off of Baltimore’s practice squad last November, and has been nothing short of impressive to the Jets coaches. Playing in place of the injured Wayne Hunter Friday night, coach Rex Ryan singled him out for his play.

“You look at a guy like this, anybody that can play the way he plays is trying to tell you something,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to find a way to get him out there.”

Sparano has said that there is competition “all over the place”, but has not specifically said that there is competition at right tackle. He hinted at it, as you will see in this quote:

“Obviously Wayne hadn’t been out there practicing, so Austin has been playing right tackle,” Sparano said. “When Wayne was there, Wayne was doing a really nice job. We were up here talking about Wayne at that point. We’re anxious to get Wayne back and see the competition go at that point. But Austin doing what he’s done right now, quite honestly, it’s becoming a little bit of a habit.”

See how Tony mentioned “competition”? Interesting….at least it could be.

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