Free agent acquisition and Jets starting right tackle Breno Giacomini told the Newark Star-Ledger that he is not concerned with the lack of reps he was able to log with Willie Colon during the springs organized team activities.
Colon tore his bicep in the season finale against the Dolphins and then had arthroscopic surgery on his knee (TJB, May 28) this spring after signing a one-year deal (TJB, March 15) with the team in March.
“Training camp is where you really tighten those nuts and bolts down,” former Seattle Seahawk Giacomini told Darryl Slater of the Star-Ledger. “But Willie knows what he’s doing. That’s the best part. He knows the offense. He’s got it down.”
“I’m not really too worried about (Colon’s inability to participate),” Giacomini continued. “All we’ve got to do, really, is work on double teams (in blocking).”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comColon rated as the league’s 16th best right guard in the league in 2013, playing particularly well on passing downs. Giacomini’s handled himself well in 2013 for Seattle and his presence might increase the Jets ability to run more effectively in conjunction with Colon.
As a general rule, offensive linemen thrive on consistency and routine. They like knowing who will be lining up next to them on each and every snap. Knowing that and working in such a setup as soon as possible in the offseason / preseason makes sense especially when there are new pieces inserted, which Giacomini himself is after Austin Howard’s departure for the Raiders.
As for Colon? The Bronx native is expected to be ready (Star-Ledger, May 29) for the Jets at the start of training camp.
It makes sense why Giacomini would be asked the question, but Giacomini is right to downplay it until training camp. Should Colon not be ready to go at the start or quickly after, then the Jets players will be asked repeatedly about the matter.