Depending on who you ask in the Jets’ organization, Wayne Hunter is either definitely the week 1 starter or he’ll have competition for his job in Training Camp. Hunter, one of the league’s worst statistical tackles last season, has the full support of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, who says that Hunter is the starting right tackle until they “ship him out of here” or “shoot me dead.” Meanwhile, GM Mike Tannenbaum admits that Hunter is their right tackle, but added “for now”. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was noncommittal on the issue, leaving the door open.
The Jets didn’t draft an offensive tackle at all, but there was some speculation that they’d try to cut or trade Hunter earlier in the offseason, which obviously didn’t happen. In my opinion, I’d say Hunter is probably going to be the week 1 starter at the position, but he’ll have competition in camp and a short leash should he continue to struggle. His main competition would be Vladimir Ducasse, a bust of a former 2nd round pick, who has spent most of his career at guard. Ducasse has worked out exclusively at right tackle in OTAs and figures to be 2nd on the depth chart, for now.