Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tackle Austin Howard (77) and Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets’ Stay or Go Series: Austin Howard Edition


Let’s continue with our “Stay or Go” series. You know how it goes by now, we take a look at a guy that could potentially be a free agent. We look at reasons the Jets should keep the player, reasons that player should go, and we end it with a vote. You guys have the final word, if the player should “Stay or Go”.

Today, we are going to continue with our offensive linemen. We have talked about Willie Colon, and yesterday we talked about Vlad Ducasse. Hey, he is still a member of the team, as much as we hate him. Today, we are going to look at another young lineman, but one that has shown a lot of potential. Today we are looking at right tackle, Austin Howard.

REASONS TO STAY: Austin is the prototypical tackle at 6’7″, 333 pounds. At 26 years old, he is only going to get better. Over his two years starting at right tackle, his pass blocking has steadily improved, going from a PFF grade of -5.1 in 2012, to a 2.9 in 2013. He repeatedly is given the opponents’ toughest pass rusher to face, and has steadily gotten better and better. He has finally made Jets’ fans stop calling for the return of Damien Woody. The Jets could do a lot worse than keeping him around.

REASONS TO GO: The biggest knock on Austin Howard’s game has been consistency. While his work in pass blocking has steadily improved, his run blocking has gone the opposite direction. In 2012, he posted a quite respectable 9.6, but in 2013, it went way down to a -11.2. His game has not been consistent at all. Might it be time for the Jets to look for a more consistent player at the position?

OK, what’s the verdict? Stay or go? Vote and sound off below:

What should be the fate of Austin Howard in 2014?

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