Rex Ryan Says Jason Smith is More Athletic than Wayne Hunter

Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; St Louis Rams tackle Jason Smith (72) in action against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Wayne Hunter for Jason Smith trade was a move for two guys that clearly needed a new start in a new city. We are all too familiar with the struggles of Wayne Hunter. Jason Smith, who is a former second pick overall in the draft, is known considered in many circles as one of the biggest draft busts in a decade. These are two guys that had problems, and needed to get away from their teams.

But, Rex Ryan has plans for Jason Smith, and feels good about having him on the team. Here is what coach had to say about the factors considered in bringing Jason to the New York Jets:

(He’s) five years younger and a little more athletic. I think when you look at it, when you break it down, Wayne is a bigger man. Jason’s not small by any stretch of imagination, but I think he has a little bit more athleticism. I felt good about Wayne being back in that role. Wayne played a lot of good football for us in there. I see Jason as having a similar skill set, maybe being a little more athletic and maybe not as big, but I feel good about Jason. That’s why we made the trade. When the trade was proposed to us, we were like Man, “I was comfortable with Wayne in that role,” but that’s just an opportunity. Let’s take a look at him and see this young man. Again, we felt good that he could fit in these roles for us, be that jumbo tight end, sixth-man swing tackle if you will and he is five years younger. Does he have a future with the Jets past this season? We’ll see.

Smith is due quite a bit of money next year, so it is in doubt that he will be with the Jets past this season. But, having a guy more athletic than Wayne Hunter in the jumbo tackle/tight end position is a great sign. Maybe the Jets will catch lightning in a bottle with this guy. It is certainly worth a try.

Topics: Alan Schechter, Jason Smith, Wayne Hunter Trade

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