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Mike T: Hunter will compete for job
Whether it was intentional or not, Mike Tannenbaum let a little nugget slip:
Wayne Hunter will compete for his own right tackle position.
Despite their obvious offensive line needs, the Jets didn’t draft a right tackle in either of the first three rounds. Some viewed that as an endorsement of Hunter. But that’s not necessarily the case.
“There are a number of young players on our offensive line that we’re excited to see,” Tannenbaum said in a Friday night press conference after the Jets selected wide receiver Stephen Hill in the second round and linebacker Demario Davis in the third.
“Having Wayne Hunter back for another year, he’ll still be competing for a position here. And again, we’ve got three young guys we like in Caleb (Schlauderaff), Austin (Howard) and Vlad (Ducasse), so we’ll see how that goes.”
Hunter is due a $2.45 million base salary (fully guaranteed, by the way). The trouble is, he hasn’t lived up to expectations after taking on Damien Woody’s role full-time.
When forced to revisit the topic of Hunter a few minutes later, Tannenabam said: “He is our right tackle now.
“That’s going to be something we continue to look at,” said the GM, who added that Ducasse, their second-round pick in 2010, will be vying for the right tackle spot. The team previously tried to use Ducasse at guard.
“The offensive line is something we’ll continue to monitor over the next few weeks, as we will at all positions. When we get through the draft, we’ll evaluate the depth chart."