Oday Aboushi might have one of the more unique stories in the NFL about how he came to football and Bart Hubbuch writes about not only his upbringing, but where he can fit in on the Jets in 2013.
Although the 6-foot-5, 310-pound prospect’s primary focus appears to be challenging veteran Austin Howard at right tackle this fall, Aboushi also is capable of flipping over to left tackle in an emergency and can provide depth at either guard spot.
That’s known as a “swingman” in football parlance, and it’s a utility sorely lacking for the Jets in the last few years of general manager Mike Tannenbaum’s reign.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
I would expect that Howard would keep his starting job in 2013, he did a pretty good job in his first year as a full-time starter, ranking 31st overall among all tackles in the NFL. But having a player who was as well regarded as Aboushi was coming out of school as a backup is great for the Jets and it’s not out of the question that Aboushi could compete for a starting job soon enough.
On the whole, the Jets have have had a solid starting line dating back to 2008, but one of the things that they had in 2009 and 2010 that made them great was not only their front line starters, but the depth that the group had to step in when needed and still be functional.
There’s a lot of value in having a player play just one spot and get Between the veterans like Colon and Peterman that the team signed and then the drafted players of Winters, Aboushi and Campbell I don’t know when I’ve seen as versatile and potentially deep group in a few years.
The Jets skill position players might not be world-beaters, but it sure is a lot easier for the running backs and wide receivers to play well when the offensive line is giving them time to get open via the pass or open holes on the ground.