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Jets bring in a couple of new tackles

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The Jets supposedly believe in Wayne Hunter as the team’s starting right tackle.  But that isn’t stopping them from kicking the tires on guys who could compete for the job.

On Tuesday, the Jets signed a pair of veteran tackles:  Stephon Heyer (pictured) and Ray Willis.

Heyer entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2007.  He started 33 games for the Redskins from 2007 to 2010. He signed with the Raiders in 2011, starting twice.

A fourth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2005, Willis spent six season in Seattle.  He started every game in 2009, but he spent all of 2010 on injured reserve.  He signed with the Saints in November 2011, but he was cut only a couple of weeks later.

Hunter started every game in 2011, for the first time in his career.  He was widely criticized as a downgrade from Damien Woody, who retired after the 2010 season.

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9 Responses to “Jets bring in a couple of new tackles”
  1. ampats says: May 29, 2012 6:13 PM

    What about the 2010 2nd round phenom Vlad DuCasse?

  2. fishfan135499 says: May 29, 2012 6:40 PM

    I’m surprised Tony Sparano didn’t talk Rex Ryan into bringing Marc Columbo in for a tryout, he did an excellent job for us last year.

  3. sean6886 says: May 29, 2012 9:22 PM

    Hey, if it puts pressure on Hunter to actually perform his duties, then I’m all for it.
    I believe Hunter is the main reason Sanchez did so poorly last year. Look at how many times Sanchez was rushed last year compared to his first two seasons. It makes a difference.

  4. catquick says: May 29, 2012 9:28 PM

    I think the Jets management is going nuts. Just last week there was a story about the O line coach slapping Hunter on the back saying “this is my guy. Right here!”. Now they bring in a couple replacements? Extend Sanchez’ contract and start a media war for starting QB? What are they thinking?

  5. peepeetoucher says: May 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    Its called depth or camp fodder. Anyone is better than rookie FA like Colin Baxter were. I dont know why this is news that we have to create a story about it. Im sure half the teams in the league signed some scrubs today also but since its the jets, its huge news, aka Jets are good for business as Mr. Florio like to say.

  6. nofaceangler718 says: May 29, 2012 10:35 PM

    What the heck are we doing? Why bother with a couple of nobodies? Just bring in Kareem mckenzie and give him a one year contract! Hunter proved that he can’t play. I don’t even want Vlad or Hunter on the team. IMO Vlad should have been cut after that game last season where Mangold was out and he filled in on the line. When him and Mulligan were in on big goaline formations, defenders ran through them both like they weren’t even there. Hunter should have been cut after the season but instead we picked up and guaranteed his contract for 2 mill+. I just don’t get what the coaching staff is trying to prove!!! So you made a mistake with these guys….big deal , it happens. Time to move on and get some real players in here that can actually play nfl ball. These two clearly cannot! If we had a decent line, Sanchez would have been much better. Neither VLad norHunter should see the field next season.

  7. jetstizzi85 says: May 30, 2012 9:09 AM

    @ nofaceangler718 – Kareem was terrible the last couple of seasons…that makes no sense.

    Maybe the team believes that after a FULL year starting plus OTA’s Hunter will be better. Lets not forget that towards the end of the season he was playing very well….people forget that part

  8. radrntn says: May 30, 2012 11:31 AM

    I am surprised Heyer did not resign w/ the raiders….he will add quality depth on the o-line for the J-E-T-S

  9. peepeetoucher says: May 30, 2012 2:32 PM

    It seems to me that they have confidence in Hunter and Ducasse and hope and pray they fit/play better with the new man to man scheme rather than that complex zone one Callahan ran. McKenzie was just as bad as Hunter was in pass protection last year. I understand the Hunter hate and he deserves it for his play but he should get a shot and we shall see if he can step up. I’m more worried bout Brick more then Hunter really, he fell off a cliff last year. At least they bought in backups with playing experience as to what they had to do last year picking up PS guys.

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