The Daily News has learned that the Jets won't be keeping offensive tackle Jeff Otah. The Jets acquired Otah on a conditional basis in a trade with the Panthers last week. Per terms of the trade, Otah, who has played only four games during the past two seasons due to knee issues, needed to pass a physical within seven days of him reporting to the team. The Jets were going to give up a conditional seventh-round pick for Otah.
The deadline to pass that physical was Tuesday. Otah was expected to provide competition for the much maligned Wayne Hunter for the starting right tackle job. Now, it appears that Hunter will be the starter at the start of the season.
On the bright side, we will probably not stay pat at the position with late cuts etc. Either way it is unlikely the OL will be as bad as it was last season with all the injuries and lockout-shortened training camp. Consider the following:
Mangold and Turner's injury left us with URFA Colin Baxter starting at C during a brutal stretch of games
Moore came off hip surgery and a shortened camp
Slauson played with a torn rotator cuff in a shoulder-intensive position
On the other hand it sounds like Mangold and Schlauderaff are looking good in camp at C, Vlad/Slauson are competing at LG, and Hunter/Howard are competing at ORT. With a simpler scheme that emphasizes man-to-man and protecting the QB we could be better with the same roster. We need to stay healthy.