December 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay (71) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets’ Free Agent Profile: DL Antonio Garay

Tonight, instead of taking a look at a UDFA, we are going to spotlight a veteran brought in by John Idzik. He has spent time with the Browns, the Bears, and more recently, the Chargers, and now he comes to New York to help void the space that Sione Po’uha previously occupied.

The spotlight tonight is on 8 year veteran defensive lineman Antonio Garay.


Antonio Garay is a terrific size of an NFL defensive lineman, standing at 6’4″, and weighing 320 pounds. Here is a look at his career stats:

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2012 San Diego Chargers 8             0 16 7 9 1.0 0 0.0 0
2011 San Diego Chargers 16             13 57 37 20 2.5 0 0.0 0
2010 San Diego Chargers 16             15 48 37 11 5.5 0 0.0 0
2009 San Diego Chargers 2             0 5 3 2 0.0 0 0.0 0
2007 Chicago Bears 6             0 5 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 0
2006 Chicago Bears 4             0 3 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 0
2004 Cleveland Browns 0             0 0 0.0
2003 Cleveland Browns 4             0 4 2 2 0.0 0 0.0 0
TOTAL 138 94 44 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


For anyone not familiar with Garay’s work, myself included, here is some video on him:

He is the prototypical nose tackle, at least in my opinion. His strength is what sticks out most. The video is limited, I know, but did you see how he took the Colts’ lineman and drove him back into Manning? That is a strong man. He would take up two men to keep him out of the backfield, letting the rest of the guys do their stuff.

Garay is an excellent tackler as well. He wraps up the ball carrier like he is from a textbook.

Whatever role Garay plays on this team, either starting or coming off of the bench, he will do an excellent job. We should look forward to seeing this man play in the Green and White. Kudos to John Idzik for the signing.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    let’s hope he’s got more sense than one of idzik’s other signings…i think our defensive line is gonna be beastly, which makes everything else easier. one of my favorite plays ever was during the jets first win over new england of the ryan era where they sent the house on a blitz. it was comical. it seemed like ten guys just penetrated the line and ran at brady, who of course had no idea what to do ’cause even ernie adams didn’t see THAT coming therefore didn’t tell brady what to do.i think he just threw it away but the play was hysterical. i never saw a blitz like that before. it was like water running through a strainer. i wanna see more of that!

    • TheJetPress

      We all want to see more of that Matr. We all do.