Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWith the news this week that Willie Colon will be out indefinitely because of his knee injury and scoping, what happens to the right guard spot if the recovery from Colon’s knee scoping takes a while? Here’s four names to consider:
Oday Aboushi — Now in his second year with the team, the Jets 2013 fifth rounder replaced Colon during the two days of OTAs. While Aboushi did play backup tackle for the Jets in 2013 he was inactive for all 16 games. While he might be best suited for a tackle role, he has the skill-set to work in a Mornhinweg blocking scheme and might need some time adjusting to the guard spot. Since he was the first one they put in, he might have the best chance at winning a job.
Ben Ijalana — Ijalana was a second round pick for the Colts in 2011 and seemed like a potential conversion to guard when he came out of school due to his height and arm length. Ijalana is known for having athleticism and quick feet, but issues in getting to the second level as a blocker. The Colts cut Ijalana loose after two ACL tears; one in 2011 and another in 2012.
Dakota Dozier — It might be that the darkhorse in this competition will be rookie Dakota Dozier. Dozier has a lot to learn and coming from a small school like Furman, but he is regarded as a gritty road grading player who needs some work on his pass proection. As a rookie it will be hard for Dozier to win, but he might be part of this team’s long-term plans at guard.
Brian Winters — Winters is already playing left guard for the Jets and did a lot of on-the-job learning in 2013. The one saving grace for Winters was that he had the luxury of playing between D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold and seemed to be improving at the end of the season. In some ways playing between Brick & Nick is the safest spot on the line; so would the Jets consider moving the man who was thrown into the fire in 2013 in what might be the tougher of the two spots with new arrival Breno Giacomini at the right tackle spot?