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Jets Mike Tannenbaum: Wayne Hunter is “competing for a position”

By Alan Schechter

Dec 04, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter (78) along the sidelines during the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. the Jets defeated the Redskins 34-19. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Good news for Jets fans. OK, potentially good news for Jets fans.

Wayne Hunter will not be annointed the starter at right tackle without a competition. He will actually have to show that he can block someone in order to win the job, per Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum last night.

According to Tannenbaum, Hunter tops the depth chart, for now. But that could change. They have guys they like, even though they haven’t drafted one yet.

“There are a number of young players on our offensive line that we’re excited to see,” Tannenbaum said after the Jets made their third-round pick. “Having Wayne Hunter back for another year…. he’ll still be competing for a position here. We have three young guys we like in Caleb (Schlauderaff), Austin (Howard) and Vlad (Ducasse), so we’ll see how that goes.”

“Wayne’s our right tackle now and that’s going to be something we continue to look at,” Tannenbaum said. “The offensive line is something we’ll continue to monitor over here over the next few weeks. As we will at all positions, when we get through the draft, we’ll evaluate the depth chart.”

So, who has two thumbs and is excited that Wayne Hunter is guaranteed the starting job? This blogger (pointing at myself). Anyone else?