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New Jets Offensive Line Coach Praises Wayne Hunter

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

Tim Tebow is not the only player getting praise out at Jets camp, and the one receiving the praise is RT Wayne Hunter. New offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo gushed about him today to Jenny Vrentas, about how Wayne is the starter as far as he is concerned:

“This guy is the starting right tackle,” DeGugliemo said. “Until they tell me otherwise, until they ship him out of this building or until they shoot me dead in my office, that sonofagun is going to be the starting right tackle. And he’s going to play well.”

He went on to give some more detail as to what he likes about Hunter as a player:

“I see many, many more great things, and I see the upside, I see the movement skills, the explosiveness. Those are the things I see on film,” DeGugliemo said. “How it all worked out? I don’t know, but I know this much: the guy I have in that room right now, the guy that communicates with me is nothing like the guy — I did a little research before I took this job — nothing like the guy people explained that I would have. He is not introverted, he is not any of the things people say he is. He has a great personality, great energy, great desire and great skills. It looks like the makings of something great.”

It is certainly good to hear the coach backing his players.  Sparano has always liked Hunter, so maybe they see something we didn’t last year.  I certainly hope so.