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    Jets to Sign OG Hayworth Hicks to 53 man roster off Colts PS Pending Physical

    Conor Orr ‏@ConorTOrr
    Looks like deal for new #Jets G Hayworth Hicks is pending physical. If it's good, he'll be on the active roster for at least 3 weeks.

    G Hayworth Hicks RT @BigHay75: God is good + great i am no longer a Colt just got picked up off the practice squad by the New york jets


    UDFA Analysis: Hayworth Hicks

    Jul 23, 6:09p

    This series focuses on several Colts undrafted free agents, analyzing how good of a chance they have to make the final roster and how much they can contribute to the team. The series began with defensive lineman Chigbo Anunoby and cornerback Buddy Jackson, and continues now with offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks.

    From Anthony Castonzo at left tackle all the way down to Winston Justice at right tackle, there isn't a player projected to start on the Colts offensive line who doesn't concern me.

    At least in the past couple of years when things were dismal for the five guys lining up in front of Peyton Manning, coaches and fans could still lean on Jeff Saturday as the line's anchor.

    That anchor is gone, and the ship is taking off in a brand new direction.
    Gone are undersized "athletic" guards like Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard. Big, mauling guards like Ben Ijalana and Mike McGlynn stand in their place.

    Still, the likelihood that Ijalana and McGlynn open the season as the Colts starting guards doesn't instill a sense of comfort . Colts fans were barely able to get acquainted with Castonzo last season, and suddenly, with the additions of Samson Satele and Winston Justice this offseason, he's the player with the most experience playing on the Colts offensive line.

    Visions of pass rushers driving Andrew Luck into the turf haunt me the more I think about it. Maybe Ryan Grigson or Chuck Pagano lie awake at night with the same fears.

    But this isn't intended to be a doom-and-gloom article. There's just as much potential for this group to succeed as there is for it to fail. However, considering it's collective injury history and it's inexperience playing together, adequate depth will be crucial to the team's success.

    Undrafted free agent Hayworth Hicks has a good chance of being a part of that depth.

    Nothing is worse than talking about the Colts injury history over the last few years, so try to get through this with me.

    Castonzo, Ijalana and Joe Reitz missed a collective 21 games out of a possible 48 in just the 2011 season alone. Each injury proved to either be season-ending (Ijalana) or nagging and bothersome (Castonzo, Reitz). McGlynn has been more durable in recent years, but he was still placed on injured reserve after tearing his hamstring in 2009.

    It's almost guaranteed that one of them will go down again and someone will have to step up in his place.

    If Hicks makes the team following training camp, he could be that guy.
    Brad has already told me once before that he knows the Colts coaching staff is just as excited about Hicks as they are about Jabin Sambrano. Couple that with his impressive size of 329 pounds at 6-foot-2 (as reported at the Iowa State Pro Day in March), and Colts fans have a few reasons to get excited themselves.

    If you're like me, you probably had never heard of Hicks until the Colts signed him. Really, that's the case with almost all undrafted free agents every year, but Hicks is a special case of being cast out of the spotlight.

    Hicks spent most of his career at Iowa State in the shadow of tackle Kelechi Osemele, who the Ravens selected with the 60th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Osemele's high reputation left Hicks as a forgotten player in the national scouting network.

    Looking around the web, it's hard to find much analysis on Hicks. He never received much publicity even if he ever was in contention to be drafted in one of the later rounds.

    However, that doesn't mean he didn't play extremely well, especially in the 2011 season. Iowa State presented him with the Arthur Floyd Scott Award after his final collegiate year, honoring him as the team's most outstanding offensive lineman.

    That's right. He even beat out the highly drafted Osemele, who many scouts said had an outstanding 2011 season of his own, for the honor.

    That's one of the most encouraging facts about Hicks. As I said before, his size is another impressive characteristic.

    A few players on the Colts like Justin Anderson and Mike Tepper may be heavier, but 329 pounds is a load in the NFL regardless.

    We always heard during the Peyton Manning era how the offensive line philosophy was to bring in players who had great technique and athleticism instead of size and overpowering strength.

    If Hicks truly does have good strength to go along with his size, he's at least working on his technique at the NFL level to accompany it. That goal started with learning how to play center.

    http://www.stampedeblue.com/2012/7/2...hayworth-hicks

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    Our own Tony Pauline:

    Biography: Junior college transfer was a full-time starter the past two years.

    Positives: Strong run blocker who attacks assignments and plays with a nasty attitude. Explosive at the point, jolts opponents with good punch and easily controls them once engaged in a block. Turns defenders off the line, opening holes for the running game. Works well with linemates and is always looking for someone to hit. Plays with good quickness.

    Negatives: Stiff and struggles to adjust. Haphazard in his movements and lacks overall blocking balance. Poor footwork in space.

    Analysis: Hicks is a strong yet small area blocker with potential to be a backup in a power running game or ball control offense.

    Projection: FA

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...#ixzz2BUdLtmHA

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    Dup post deleted
    Last edited by C Mart; 11-06-2012 at 07:47 PM.

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    Oh, C-Mart! You double-postin' skamp!

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    @nyjets: #RL The Jets have announced they have signed G Hayworth Hicks from the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.

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    I diamond in the rough, good pickup for depth and you gotta think one of these UDFA sticks with the Jets and makes the club next season. Another large man who has a mauler mentality, something the Jets need. Lets hope he develops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrickHouse View Post
    I diamond in the rough, good pickup for depth and you gotta think one of these UDFA sticks with the Jets and makes the club next season. Another large man who has a mauler mentality, something the Jets need. Lets hope he develops.
    Yes, and with only 5 guards on the team, the Jets surely need depth at the position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Yes, and with only 5 guards on the team, the Jets surely need depth at the position.
    one (if not both) of the starters this season will not be back next year

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    Jets really need to reload on depth on the OL

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