BY NICK ST. DENIS
Wayne Hunter must somehow not be as bad as meets the eye.
The Jets' right tackle was incredibly underwhelming last season, allowing 11 sacks, 11 quarterback hits and 32 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.
Even Hunter admitted to being the team's "weakest link" last year, yet the coaching staff has completely backed him this offseason. Maybe it's because they don't have a choice.
"Until they ship him out of here or shoot me dead in my office, the guy's the starting right tackle," Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo told Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press Wednesday.
Hunter's only real threat to keep his job is third-year tackle Vlad Ducasse, who is entering an important year in his stint with the Jets. Ducasse hasn't done a whole lot since being taken in the second round of the 2010 draft. When he did see time on the field, Ducasse was abused by opposing defenders.
The Jets had a very, very solid right tackle in Damien Woody for three years (2008-10) but released the former Pro Bowler less than two months after he suffered a season-ending torn achilles tendon early in the playoffs. Woody went on to retire.
Hunter was OK in subbing for Woody, but he certainly didn't improve when he took over as the starter.
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