The New York Jets have a new starting right tackle. In his presser to the New York Media, coach Rex Ryan said that Austin Howard will be name the starter for the third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
Two days after saying Wayne Hunter would remain the starter in the team’s third preseason game, coach Rex Ryan announced that Austin Howard will take Hunter’s spot against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night.
ConorTOrr: Wayne Hunter and Austin Howard working together during individuals here at #jets practice.
“The more I went back and looked at where we’re at as a football team, and getting feedback from coaches, and knowing the history of Wayne’s success that Wayne had basically as a sixth man, I’ve decided that that’s the way we’re gonna go,” Ryan said. “I’m gonna put Wayne in that role, where really he excelled. And that’s being a guy that basically fits at — whether it’s a tackle, guard, tight end, all that kind of stuff. So I’m gonna move Wayne back to that role.”
“We’re gonna give Austin Howard a shot to be with this first group,” Ryan added. “I thought he earned that right. He played extremely well against Cincinnati, did OK against the Giants, but really played well against Cincinnati, and this is what I wanna do. I’m gonna put him in that situation, and we’ll see how he does this week.” via ESPN
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