He was very Raw and still pretty young. I think the guy is only going to get better.
People/fan keep giving the Jets are hard time for talent evaluation but it looks like they were smart enough on this one.
They took the time to work with him and he is developing nicely.
Problem is when you've got a guy like Hunter, who the coaching staff supports, but yet still knows he needs major improvement. They dedicate all their time trying to improve the slug.
As a result, guys like Howard can't stand out and be seen, because they're never given a true opportunity to stand out and be seen. Especially now with the reduced amount of live action teams are allowed in training camp. All that time gets devoted to jags like Hunter because he needs so much improvement.
Have to give coach Guge some credit. I think he has done a very good job with the OL. Brick has bounced back. I think Slauson is grading out above average. And Howard has developed. Not to mention I think he might have been a major reason why Hunter was shipped out.
I made this point in another thread. It is amazing how much a difference it can make going from being the worst in the league at a position to just average. That is a huge leap we made at RT.
Now if we could only do that at QB.
And WR, FB, Blocking TE. RB hasn't been bad lately, but need to consider the competition.
He seems to have improved in run blocking. PFF has been drooling over our line all year though, which seems a bit odd given the eye test and how bad the offense is. I feel like Howard would still be a complete turnstile against a good pass rusher. I am 100% OK with drafting a tackle in the 1st or 2nd round if a good one is available
What u guys may or may not know is that Austin Howard is a career LT who's playing out of position and doing it well in his 1st season. The guy is a perfect young talent who right now is playing at a higher level than Tyron Smith the kid the Cowboys drafted 2 yrs ago from USC.