UPDATE: OCT. 2014
WINTERS out to IR – Aboushi gets first NFL start during New England patriots game.
New York Jets Offensive Linemen, Right Guard, Willie Colon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will require a minimum of 6 weeks rehabilitation time the team reported during spring OTA’s.
UPDATE; Willie Colon has been activated from the PUP list.
Aboushi and winters got first team reps and both got to practice the left and right sides in camp.
Colon is still rehabbing a torn bicep suffered during the JETS final game of the 2013, a win against the Miami dolphins.
The Jets are using this time to evaluate four other offensive linemen on the depth chart which includes Dakota Dozier out of Furman University.
Draftinsider.net’s analysis of Dozier states his positives as being a
“Decorated offensive line prospect with potential at guard or tackle.”
“He Stays square and keeps his feet moving, keeps his head on a swivel. Displays good lateral blocking range as well as the ability on the second level blocking in motion.”
Willie Colon recently signed a one year $2 million contract which speculators say was designed to give the team time to find and train his eventual replacement at the position. The right side of the Jets offensive line has been a weak spot for the team in recent years.
The Jets successfully replaced Austin Howard, who left via free agency, with an upgrade player. Breno Giacomini,the starting right tackle from the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks.
The Jets, due in part to Colon’s injury status, will be able to give their backup linemen valuable first team reps during Camp, time they would not have otherwise had.
The Jets will most likely need to replace the aging and injury prone Colon for the 2015 season, therefore, look to see the depth players gaining valuable experience and perhaps have the chance to play in all four preseason games.
* Second year pro Oday Aboushi, who mainly practiced at the tackle position during 2013 season, is now taking first team snaps “he’s done outstanding inside”.– Marty Mornhinweg
* Second year pro Will Campbell, drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 2013, is also in the mix.
In general ” we feel real good about our offensive line, that was one thing last year that we could hang our hat on just a little bit ” – Marty Mornhinweg
The Jets are being forced to find and develop the right side faster than they had planned ( similar to the Brian Winters situation on the left side ). But really, what goes as planned in the NFL
* Markus Zusevics,is also being evaluated. An offensive tackle, was injured when he tore his pectoral muscle doing bench presses at the 2012 NFL combine workout.
He signed with the New England patriots and was on injured reserve for 2013.
Cut by the Patriots this spring, Zusevics was signed by the Jets on May 19, 2014 after trying out for the team during rookie minicamp.
The Iowa tackle measures in at 6-foot-5 and 303 pounds. He started two seasons with the Hawkeyes and was considered a strong, straight-line blocker in the running game.
* Center/Guard Schlauderaff was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 6th roundof the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Packers traded Schlauderaff to the New York Jets for an undisclosed draft pick.
* Tevon Conrad, OT, Saginaw Valley State (6’9″, 320)
* Brent Qvale, OT, Nebraska (6’7″, 315)
Jet fans are eager to see what develops during Camp and the preseason, hoping for a new starter to emerge out of their 5 players competing for the line.