New York Jets Sign T Corey Hilliard to Bolster Offensive Line Depth

By Alan Schechter

Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets continue to be busy. This morning, the team announced the signing of veteran offensive tackle Corey Hilliard. Hilliard comes to add depth and competition to an offensive line in New York that has begun to erode. What was once a strength has no become a bit of a liability, so Hilliard will provide another body to add to the mix.

Corey Hilliard was taken in the sixth round of the 2007 draft by the Patriots. After being released that summer, Hilliard has carved out a career for himself as a backup lineman, spending two years with the Colts, followed by six in Detroit although he didn’t play at all in 2009. Hilliard was sidelined for the season in week one last year, with a Lisfranc injury.

Hilliard is not huge, measuring in at 6’6″, 300 pounds. Those numbers are not going to blow anybody away. But he is a competitor, turning everyone’s heads when he finished the week one game despite the Lisfranc injury.

He hasn’t started much, but that doesn’t mean Hilliard can’t earn a position along the Jets offensive line. There are certainly spots available, as well witnessed last season. Hilliard will add competition, which will make all better.

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