Jets and Otah are No More

The New York Jets attempt to bolster their offensive line crash landed on Tuesday.  Jeff Otah, formerly and now again with the Carolina Panthers, failed his physical with the Jets thus voiding the trade between the two teams.

The Jets have been looking all over the league for a tackle that can protect well enough in the passing game to allow for Mark Sanchez to have enough time in the pocket for receiver Santonio Holmes to get open down field.  At the same time they are in need of a run blocking tackle to add to the Tim Tebow dimension.  Otah was thought to be the perfect fit, but he seems unable to get healthy for a litany of injuries over the past 3 seasons.

The Jets will most likely turn to Wayne Hunter at the Right Tackle spot, but don’t rule out them trying to acquire another veteran lineman to bolster the line.

Many saw the acquisition of Otah as a plus for the Jets offensive players.  Had Otah been healthy he would have added a significant force to the Jets rushing and passing attacks.  However, he’s not, and the Jets are not that good.  Mark Sanchez will have a mediocre season and clamoring for Tim Tebow from the New York fan base won’t help him gain any much needed confidence on the field. 

The running game is another huge question mark.  Shonn Green looks like a third string running back, LaDanian Tomlinson is gone, and that only leaves Joe McKnight.  Not the stable of backs that inspires belief.  The biggest threat on this Jets team is Tebow, he’s a power runner with above average speed and good vision, but will he be willing to give up on being a starting quarterback.

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