The New York Jets have announced the signing OT Stephon Heyer and OT Ray Willis. Heyer (6’6″ 330 lbs.) played collegiately at Maryland and entering the NFL as an UDFA with the Washington Redskins in 2007. He started in 33 games for the Redskins from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, Heyer saw time with the Oakland Raiders and was active for 12 games, with two starts.
Ray Willis (6’6″ 304 lbs.) played at Florida State and then was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Willis spent six seasons with Seattle (2005-2010), starting 26-of-49 active games, including all 16 games in 2009. Willis sat out 2010 on the Seahawks injured reserve. In 2011, Willis was signed in November, only spending two weeks on an active roster before being waived.
This to me is a sign that the team is looking to bolster the OT position before camp as best the Jets can. The hope of course is for Ducasse or Hunter to earn the spot, but these moves seem to give me the indication the team is looking for veterans who’ve played the spot in the NFL with some competence in the past. While Heyer and Willis might not strike fear into the hearts of opponents, at the least they are veterans of the league, guys who have been starters at the Tackle spot.