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    Quote Originally Posted by Raider9175 View Post
    Not necessarily , do you see the Chiefs backup tackle situation. They are in dire need of a tackle. Right now there isn't much out there and if it's not the Jets someone will roll the dice on Jeff Otah despite his health risk.
    True. The Bears were also interested in Otah as well. The Panthers decided to send him to an AFC team. Otah passing the physical today is not the end all be all. If the Jets feel he can be ready at some point they will keep him. Personally, I dont think this guy has the heart or desire to become a solid NFL player. I think this is why the Panthers finally gave up on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detjetsfan View Post
    I actually agree with you and make an objective point for once.

    Carey is probably just as bad of a pass protector as Hunter by now - that's why he's a Guard - but he'd give us depth at 3 positions on the OL.
    I think Sparano knows something about Carey that other people don't or this would have been a done deal by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sec.101row23 View Post
    True. The Bears were also interested in Otah as well. The Panthers decided to send him to an AFC team. Otah passing the physical today is not the end all be all. If the Jets feel he can be ready at some point they will keep him. Personally, I dont think this guy has the heart or desire to become a solid NFL player. I think this is why the Panthers finally gave up on him.
    I agree. I believe the thought was that this could be a wake up call. That and a little desperation.

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    I think Otah will pass and will be a Jet, but if he doesn't, is our fall-back option none other than Wayne Hunter? Maybe he'll be better....

    For Hunter, a Mission to Disprove Naysayers
    By BEN SHPIGEL
    Published: July 30, 2012

    CORTLAND, N.Y. — At Radford High School in Honolulu, Wayne Hunter was drawn to the quiet and unpopular children, those who were more outcast than in crowd. If he saw someone eating lunch alone, Hunter would sit beside him. If he saw someone being bullied, Hunter would intervene.
    “Every time there was trouble, he was there to be Superman,” said Kelly Sur, Hunter’s football coach at Radford. “He fought for the underdog.”

    Hunter fought for them, in part, because he could relate. He came from a hardscrabble neighborhood, raised by a single mother who worked multiple jobs, in a home whose refrigerator at times contained only two items, ketchup and bread.

    Even though Hunter said he was never explicitly told that he would fail, “when you grow up in the ghetto of Hawaii, you always felt like that.”

    As Hunter prepares for his 10th year in the N.F.L., after a turbulent debut as the Jets’ right tackle, he is once again striving to disprove the mainstream opinion — that the Jets, repackaged by the offensive coordinator Tony Sparano as a team that emphasizes power running and protecting the quarterback, would be foolish to start him this season.

    Despite their rampant public displays of support — in mid-May, the new offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo vowed that Hunter would start “until they ship him out of this building or until they shoot me dead in my office” — the Jets were all the while seeking a potential upgrade.

    At last check, DeGuglielmo is alive (and spouting colorful language at his charges). And as Jeff Otah, Hunter’s potential competition, misses practice after practice with an ailing knee that threatens to jeopardize his trade from the Carolina Panthers, Hunter is dominating the repetitions at his position, impressing Coach Rex Ryan with his grasp of the new system. “There’s no doubt,” Ryan said.

    The criticism, the trade rumors, the speculation about his job security — Hunter heard it all. And, he added, it does not bother him. At least not as much as it once did or as it still could.

    “It made me tougher, that’s for sure,” he said. “It made me tough.”

    From Hunter’s perspective, his 2011 season, in which he yielded 11 sacks and committed 11 penalties, was not as terrible as is perceived; for neutralizing Cameron Wake of Miami in Week 6, Hunter was awarded a game ball. But, he said, “When I had bad games, they were bad.”

    Week 1 against Dallas, on the Jets’ first offensive play, DeMarcus Ware trampled Hunter and pummeled Mark Sanchez for a sack. Week 2 against Jacksonville, Hunter committed two penalties for 25 yards. Week 15 against Philadelphia, Hunter had two false-start penalties and allowed two sacks.

    As the scrutiny intensified, Hunter coped by asking teammates for advice. He sought out Sanchez, the backup quarterback Mark Brunell and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who struggled his first two seasons at left tackle.

    “Aside from being my teammate, Wayne’s my friend,” Ferguson said. “I helped him any way I could.”

    Hunter also consulted with Sara Hickmann, the team psychologist.

    “Usually in the past, I would have held it in,” Hunter said. “I took a different approach this time. As cliché as it sounds, we’re people, too. You feel it.”

    Speaking with friends and his former coaches, Hunter never complained, even as the pressure of replacing the longtime stalwart Damien Woody weighed on him.

    “I know it wasn’t easy for him, but he accepted it,” said Mike Cavanaugh, Hunter’s position coach at the University of Hawaii. “Wayne thinks — like I do — that his best football is still ahead of him.”

    Hunter, 31, approached this off-season with the zeal and focus that he revealed at Radford, when he took the SAT one Saturday morning instead of attending a football function. He analyzed videotape of all his games.

    His self-evaluation led him to conclude that he needed to improve his lateral quickness, his change of direction, his reaction time. So he called a friend, Kenny Patton, a former teammate at Hawaii who now works as a personal trainer.

    “One of the first things he said was ‘I’m real hungry,’ ” Patton said. “He wanted to become a better athlete.”

    Over 12 intense sessions, held in broiling heat and stifling humidity, Patton tailored workouts specific to the demands of an N.F.L. offensive lineman: quick bursts, up-tempo hurdle drills, plyometrics. Hunter sweated through three or four T-shirts every workout.

    By the end, his agility had improved, Patton said. So had his conditioning.

    “They want to get the person that they saw in the playoffs in 2010 — they want to get that Wayne,” Hunter said, referring to his starting turn after Woody was injured. “It’s here. It’s definitely here. I just have to be more consistent.”

    At the end of those drills with Patton at Radford, Hunter would not leave immediately. He waited for the next generation of Radford linemen to finish its workouts and, in his distinctive baritone (“Wayne’s got that radio voice,” Cavanaugh said), regaled the group with stories of life in the N.F.L.

    They talked about athletic accomplishments and scholarly pursuits. His speeches were riveting, Patton said. The students sat rapt. They were listening to someone just like them. They were listening to an underdog.

    EXTRA POINTS

    A spate of hamstring and groin injuries — to wide receivers Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens and Santonio Holmes and cornerback Darrelle Revis — prompted Rex Ryan to add an additional 10 minutes of stretching and warm-ups to the beginning of practice. Ryan was so leery of more muscle tightness that he canceled the Jets’ two-minute offense Monday. ... Revis took part in practice after sitting out drills Sunday.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/sp...pagewanted=all

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    Really wish we knew when the hell Otah would be taking the physical again. I'm going to have this in the back of my head all day until I hear the result.

    I'd love to see him pass, I think if he can get into game shape he would at worst be solid fail safe for Hunter and at best the stud he was a few years ago.

    For some reason im pretty opimisitc about his chances but we won't have long to see how far that will go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Danza;4529261[B
    ]Really wish we knew when the hell Otah would be taking the physical again. I'm going to have this in the back of my head all day until I hear the result.[/B]

    I'd love to see him pass, I think if he can get into game shape he would at worst be solid fail safe for Hunter and at best the stud he was a few years ago.

    For some reason im pretty opimisitc about his chances but we won't have long to see how far that will go.
    LOL...relax, you are not waiting for the results of your girls pregnancy test. Its just a physical on an O lineman that even IF healthy may not even see the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatsFanTX View Post
    I think Sparano knows something about Carey that other people don't or this would have been a done deal by now.
    Great point. Nobody knows your player better than your old team/coach.

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    Getting a ton of questions about Otah. Plain & simple. If he passes his conditioning test today he's a #Jet. If he fails the trade if off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raider9175 View Post
    Not necessarily , do you see the Chiefs backup tackle situation. They are in dire need of a tackle. Right now there isn't much out there and if it's not the Jets someone will roll the dice on Jeff Otah despite his health risk.
    And why would he choose being a B/U on the Chiefs over the Jets. He lived in NYC growing up. Paoli has not been noted for taking flyers on injured players

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    Quote Originally Posted by sec.101row23 View Post
    LOL...relax, you are not waiting for the results of your girls pregnancy test. Its just a physical on an O lineman that even IF healthy may not even see the field.


    Had the exact same thought when I read his post before yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Danza View Post
    Really wish we knew when the hell Otah would be taking the physical again. I'm going to have this in the back of my head all day until I hear the result.
    You really need to sort out your priorities.

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    Wayne Hunter - Over 12 intense sessions, held in broiling heat and stifling humidity,Hunter sweated through three or four T-shirts every workout.

    By the end, his agility had improved, Patton said. So had his conditioning.




    ... sorry wayne, it's going to take more than 12 workouts ...





    l_j_r

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamont_jordan_rules View Post


    ... sorry wayne, it's going to take more than 12 workouts ...





    l_j_r

    was thinking the same thing. Its a nice try, but 12 workouts to improve quickness is a little weak over the course of 6 month break from football is not enough to get me excited. I am sure he spent hours in the weight room, but 12 sessions working on lateral quickness will not make much of a difference.

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    LOL. 12 workouts and how many visits to the sports psychologist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    Jake Steinberg ‏@Steiny31

    Getting a ton of questions about Otah. Plain & simple. If he passes his conditioning test today he's a #Jet. If he fails the trade if off.
    This is what I fear, contradictory to posts here on JI, that Tanny will ship Otah back and reclaim the pick. We may have a chance to sign him when he gets cut by Carolina but it seems he is either not healthy or not in good enough shape to help the team right now. This sux!!

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    The Jets may extend today's 4 p.m. deadline on the Jeff Otah physical, Sal Pal reported on @SportsCenter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozu View Post
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    The Jets may extend today's 4 p.m. deadline on the Jeff Otah physical, Sal Pal reported on @SportsCenter.
    Intriguing...

    I take this as Otah is improving, team is still interested, and are presumably happy with Otah's progress and effort, and they want to give Otah more time to pass physical and conditioning test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozu View Post
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    The Jets may extend today's 4 p.m. deadline on the Jeff Otah physical, Sal Pal reported on @SportsCenter.
    hmmm... another indication the jets have a lot of confidence in wayne hunter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick34125 View Post
    hmmm... another indication the jets have a lot of confidence in wayne hunter.
    Exactly.

    They are going to give everyone every opportunity to beat out Hunter.

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    Meanwhile, Manish just tweeted that he's hearing that the Jets won't be keeping Otah. Hmmmm........

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