The offensive line’s struggles, including those of Hunter against Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in Saturday’s preseason game, are a main factor in the woes of a Jets offense which has yet to score a touchdown in the preseason.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wants to see continuing progress from his offense Sunday night against Carolina.
“Just keep taking steps forward,” Ryan said. “I think we did that in the game against the Giants. We ran the ball pretty effective at times, fairly efficient at some of the runs that we had.
“I’d like to see us protect the quarterback better and run the football and keep running and see if we can’t throw the ball down the field a little bit better, more effectively this week.”
The Jets had just 65 yards on 24 carries for 2.7 yards per carry. Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell each had runs of eight yards though no Jet reached the end zone.
One thing Ryan said the Jets won’t be doing in the preseason is lining up in the wildcat with both quarterback Mark Sanchez and backup Tim Tebow on the field simultaneously.
“I don’t see us really running the wildcat in the preseason,” he said.
Ryan said the Jets plan is to play Sanchez through the third quarter on Sunday and have Tebow finish the game in the fourth.
At his pre-practice press conference Ryan did not have an update on running back Joe McKnight and said he was hopeful wide outs Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley will be able to play Sunday.