In May, New York Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo gave a rather graphic seal of approval on right tackle Wayne Hunter.
"This guy is the starting right tackle," DeGuglielmo said, according to Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger. "Until they tell me otherwise, until they ship him out of this building or until they shoot me dead in my office, that son-of-a-gun is going to be the starting right tackle. And he's going to play well."
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Well, Hunter hasn't played well. The "son-of-a-gun" gave up multiple sacks in Saturday night's preseason 26-3 loss to the New York Giants. Hunter has not been shipped out of the building, and with his $2.45 million base salary being fully guaranteed, that's unlikely to happen.
Fortunately, DeGuglielmo has not been shot dead in his office, but he may discover from head coach Rex Ryan in upcoming personnel meetings that Hunter is no longer the team's starting right tackle, Vrentas reports.
"To sit back and say this guy is definitely the starter, I'm not ready to do that," Ryan said Monday. "Maybe with Darrelle Revis, and Brandon Moore, Nick Mangold. But is it a slam dunk 100 percent? I like to see guys compete and earn their jobs out there."
The competition at right tackle will not include veteran Stephon Heyer, who was released Monday. Ryan would not rule out first-team reps for Austin Howard, a former undrafted free agent out of Northern Iowa with four games (with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010) of NFL experience.