Buzz: Aboushi opening eyes?

Here’s an interesting take on the guard situation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

Rex Ryan has praised Aboushi a couple of times, saying yesterday that he was “impressed with Aboushi a little more in these camps than at any time last year” and that he had “done a pretty decent job out there.” (Dyer, June 11th)

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

It may seem counter-intuitive to flip Brian Winters over to right guard after he started 12 games at left guard in 2013, but the Jets did a similar thing last year with all their guards getting reps at camp in both spots. Willie Colon started 16 games at right guard despite having played at left guard in the previous season with Pittsburgh and Vladimir Ducasse saw action at both positions in preseason.

When quizzed on this last year, the Jets suggested that this was to ensure they were prepared for any eventuality. That would make sense, especially with Colon currently rehabbing following knee surgery and having a history of missing games through injury. However, with the positive feedback Aboushi has been receiving, maybe there’s a chance he could supplant Winters for a starting role, relegating Winters to a role whereby he can back up both positions.

Both players struggled in preseason last year, with Aboushi working both at left tackle and right tackle. During the regular season, Aboushi was on the active roster all year, but remained inactive for all 16 games. Aboushi did have a knee injury early on in the year and Winters injured his ankle in preseason, perhaps setting each of them back.




47 comments
a57se
a57se

The most disturbing take on all this is what are Schlauderaff, Ijalana, Freeman, Dozier and the rest doing if Aboushi has moved past them on the depth chart??

dgdg
dgdg

With Aboushi playing guard, the Jets have now drafted 422 guard candidates over the last two seasons.

harvlis
harvlis

I hope Idzik keeps his eyes open for a veteran OG (or two).  I would hate to waste this teams potential, by going into the season with a piss poor interior line.  The Jets have the offensive pieces, right now.  A solid O-line would make them very competitive.  Aboushi and Winters would have the opposing defenses salivating. Belichick is plotting how to exploit the middle of the line, as I write this post. 

williamg1
williamg1

“impressed with Aboushi a little more in these camps than at any time last year”


Being "a little more" impressed than he was with Aboushi during Aboushi's rookie year (when he wasn't even active for a game) isn't necessarily high praise. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

Considering the overboard praise that Rex throws out about his players in general, "done a pretty decent job" is not a compliment. It might even be a sign that the guy has sucked.

kniff
kniff

As a guy who has openly expressed O line concerns here, the news that Aboushi is looking good at LG during OTAs is more than welcome...


Hoping Winters and Colon get keep getting stronger as well...pre season ain't that far away!

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

This is pretty shocking to me... Then again, I suppose the idea of him playing G is significantly more appealing than him playing T.

levi
levi

Well duh, he better keep his eyes open with D linemen coming at him.


At least one of the O linemen drafted the past two years had better be able to step up. Idzik sure drafted enough of them.

a57se
a57se

I guess Aboushi isn't cutting it at Tackle hence the move to Guard. 

No word on the other grey O'Linemen......


ramble914
ramble914

Aren't these proclamations a bit premature, being it's only OTAs? Lets see how he does once the real hitting starts. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

Aboushi turning into an actual NFL player... that would be a very welcome development.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se I'm still not sure Ijalana has ever been in the mix at guard.  I still see him as a tackle.


As for Dozier, I wouldn't expect him to be ahead of Aboushi at this stage.

Bent
Bent moderator

@dgdg If the best they can do is Oday Aboushi, maybe that wasn't enough.


Just kidding, I have hopes for Oday.

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 

it is more fun to think Aboushi is supplanting all our guards as the best on the roster!!!

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@BDarc23 Yeah, that's our Rexie who also bragged about what a great draft we had last year because we got 5 starters. One of whom would have likely started for most other teams, two with potential still to be seen and two that wound up being at or near the very bottom at their respective positions following the season! 

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@kniff Yeah, don't hold your breath on that one dude! looking good compared to who? 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@a57se More like there's a bigger need for more talent at Guard hence the move.

Brendan
Brendan

@ramble914 This reeks of Manish building a guy up so he can hopefully bash the team over him later on. 


I'd be thrilled if Aboushi steps up and takes a job from Winters or Colon, but right now I think it's more for feeling guys out at the guard spots. 

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @williamg1 If Colon isn't on the field, Aboushi may end up being our best guard. 


Some may see that as praise of Aboushi. But, it could be an indicator of how awful our G situation may be. 

a57se
a57se

@Ron Alexander @kniff 

and we let the best of 'em go this off-season.

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65 @a57se 

We have Caleb Schlauderaff, Brian Winters, Willie Colon and Dakota Dozier as Guards.

We all have Dalton Freeman and Ben ijalana......Seems like there were plenty of candidates to get the work.

I don't think it is too much of a stretch to assume that he wasn't cutting it at Tackle.....that is no slight on him as playing Tackle in the NFL is a lot tougher then in college and lots' of guys make that transition including most of the guys we have on the roster as Guards.

ramble914
ramble914

@Brendan @ramble914

I'd prefer he takes it from Colon, that means Winters has also stepped up and can be a solid player. We'd have a very solid OL for now and the future.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brendan @ramble914 

He's a NY kid who had a great college career.  He was mocked as high as the second round before the combine. As a fifth rounder, he seemed like a nice pick.

The fact that he or any rookie struggles in their rookie campaign isn't a surprise.  I usually expect some strides entering the second year and by the third year they either are going to be players or not.

Moving him inside is his best bet and I always root for any NY guy and I think he's got the capability of becoming a contributor on this team.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @johnnyl65 I think it's probably both.


We have more of a "quality depth" need at G than we do at T, and Aboushi probably plays better at G than he does at T (since he's not terribly agile or long-armed).

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @johnnyl65

There was a thought process during last year's draft run-up that Aboushi might ultimately end up inside.  His arms aren't particularly long, nor are his feet particularly quick. 

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@bklyndude @Brendan @ramble914 He may have been mocked high early but after his dreadful week leading up to the Sr.Bowl and an even worse performance during the game where he looked like a human turnstile his stock was already down when he hit the combine where he looked awful as his bench press was especially disappointing and he was no track star in the 40 or the shuttles either. Hey, i hope he shocks me but I have followed the whole draft process closely for years and was very disappointed when we drafted him and he's done little to date to change that. 

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude @Brendan

The fact that he or any rookie struggles in their rookie campaign isn't a surprise.  I usually expect some strides entering the second year and by the third year they either are going to be players or not.

The people bashing Hill this off-season need to learn this.....

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se @johnnyl65 

We'll know how things are shaking out come the third preseason game....until then, who knows!

Remember last year at this time Peterson and Colon were playing with the ones.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 It's not that uncommon to use college tackles at guard. 


I feel like most people forget Winters was a college tackle. The team clearly isn't against moving guys inside. 

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 

Look at all the candidates we have! There has to be something good in that pile of poop!

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Brendan @tsjc68  Most of the best guards in the NFL were college tackles. Probably because the best linemen are played at tackle in college. That's why it's not smart to draft guards in the 1st round.