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    Jets trade for T Jeff Otah

    We gave up a conditional draft pick, that's all I saw. Former first-rounder in '08 for Carolina.

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    New York Jets ‏@nyjets
    #EA The Jets have traded for T Jeff Otah from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft choice.

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    #EA Jeff Otah, a 6’6”, 340-pounder, was a first round pick out of PITT in '08. He started 29 games for CAR.

    Former 1st round pick!! Im excited!!

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    wow....

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    Excited. He played well to start his career but has been injured the past 2 years. If he has any knees left, it's a good pickup.

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    How are his knees?

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    AMAZING trade if he is healthy! Infinitely better than Hunter!!!

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    Otah has missed all but four games the last two years. So health is a big question mark. But if he's right, one of the best RT in football.
    Let's pray he stays healthy.

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    June 23, via PFW:

    According to Pro Football Weekly, the Panthers are running out of patience with RT Jeff Otah (knee).
    Otah is owed $2.35 million in the final year of his rookie contract, and is coming off knee surgeries in the past two seasons. Per PFW's Dan Parr, there are "sources inside the organization" that aren't overly optimistic about his chances of returning to full health. Otah is expected to report for training camp, and will compete with Byron Bell for the starting right tackle job.

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    nice. worth the risk, cant be that too high a draft pick.

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    Whoever has a better camp/ preseason between otah and hunter gets a roster spot. Good move.

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    this is a no brainer. can't be any worse than last year.

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    Buy low, huge upside if he can get healthy.

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    Love this. Sic excellent training staff on a buy-low star tackle. RT @timjkavanagh: The @nyjets acquire OT Jeff Otah from Carolina.

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    Excellent addition. If he can stay healthy; we've just landed our starting RT opposite of D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Kid is only 26 years of age as a former first round draft selection (19th overall). 'if' is a big word with this type of situation, he's been injured each of the past two seasons due to knee related injuries, but if Otah can recover in regards to being healthy; he could make for a fine RT.
    Last edited by NY2FLDWC85; 07-23-2012 at 05:07 PM.

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    I doubt this guy suddenly gets healthy after landing on the IR for two years. But he's worth a shot. Good move.

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    Posted May 25, 2012

    They've waited for him to heal, and hoped he'd keep himself in shape. But the Panthers latest attempt to get something out of right tackle Jeff Otah was evident when they lined him up with the second line during the first week of OTAs.


    They've waited for him to heal, and hoped he'd keep himself in shape.


    But the Panthers latest attempt to get something out of right tackle Jeff Otah was evident when they lined him up with the second line during the first week of OTAs. They used former undrafted rookie Byron Bell with the first team, leaving the former first-round pick as a reserve.


    In one respect, it makes sense. Otah has played just four games the last two seasons because of knee and conditioning issues. So to count on him as a starter requires a leap of faith they're not ready to make.


    However, some in the organization think Otah's biggest issue is toughness, or a lack thereof. Many thought he'd have been able to come back more quickly from the knee problems that plagued him in 2010, but he couldn't push through.


    When Ron Rivera hired his coaching staff last year, he added long-time war-horse tackle Ray Brown as an assistant offensive line coach, in part to try to reach Otah. The thinking was, the 20-year NFL vet could teach Otah about playing through pain, as he so often did during his career.


    But Otah played just four games last year, and when the left knee issues cropped up again, they placed him on injured reserve.


    The effort to reach him is for a good reason. When well, Otah has the potential to be a dominant run blocker. Listed at 6-6, 330 pounds, he has the kind of power to anchor a run game (as he did in 2008). But if he's not on the field, his draft status alone isn't going to save him any longer.


    That's clear if they're working him behind Bell, one of last year's projects that ended up starting 12 games last season when injuries took out the backups they expected to use.


    Teammates say he's been a regular in offseason workouts, and appears to be in good shape.


    As if Otah needs any more motivation, he's entering a contract year. If he could play to the level he displayed as a rookie, he could potentially cash in next offseason

    http://car.scout.com/2/1189423.html

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    Great move! I'm sure it's a low round pick depending on how much he plays

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    Worth a shot.

    Hopefully no higher than a 4th and im all good with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simijet View Post
    How are his knees?
    According to Pro Football Weekly, the Panthers are running out of patience with RT Jeff Otah (knee).Otah is owed $2.35 million in the final year of his rookie contract, and is coming off knee surgeries in the past two seasons and has missed 31 out of the last 35 regular season games. Per PFW's Dan Parr, there are "sources inside the organization" that aren't overly optimistic about his chances of returning to full health. Otah is expected to report for training camp, and will compete with Byron Bell for the starting right tackle job.

    PMSource: Pro Football Weekly

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    Wow.

    A few things to take from this:

    1 - The Jets (Sparano) are starting to realize that Hunter is not the best option

    2 - Otah shouldn't have cost much considering he missed the last 2 years.

    3- The timing makes me think that Otah showed up at the facility over weight again. Hopefully he can be our Bryant McKinnie.

    Great type of gamble to take. Low risk because it doesn't cost much and high reward if the guy turns out to be healthy. Dude is a mauler in every sense of the word.

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