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The Jets must replace Wayne Hunter
In 2010, the Jets had one of the better offensive lines in football. LaDainian Tomlinson enjoyed a renaissance season rushing for almost 1000 yards and Mark Sanchez actually had time to pass. So what changed in 2011?
Damien Woody, Hunter's predecessor at right tackle, was an effective blocker. Hunter was not. He allowed a ton of sacks in his first year as a starter and may have been even worse as a run blocker.
Yet for some reason, the Jets chose to bring him back for the 2012 season.
I can only assume the Jets have some sort of plan in place to improve their offensive line. Their three Pro Bowlers (Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore) aren't the problem. While Matt Slauson isn't perfect, he is at least a passable starter on a line with as much talent as New York's. Hopefully the Jets are planning to bring in another veteran to compete with Hunter for his spot.
Vernon Carey moved inside to guard last year, but he has been an effective right tackle in the past. He had a rough season in 2011, but that can be attributed to playing next to one of the league's worst right tackles, Marc Colombo.
Carey will be 31 going into the season, so most teams will likely be hesitant to give him a long term deal. If he gets one, it certainly won't come from Miami, who has big money tied up in Jake Long and must maintain cap flexibility if they hope to make a run at Peyton Manning.
This is the type of player the Jets should target to compete with Wayne Hunter. Carey is not an elite tackle, but he is certainly a starter, especially on a line with proven talent. Hunter should be relegated to a backup role. He is simply not a starting caliber player.