Jets Tackle Depth, Sign O-Linemen Stephon Heyer, Ray Willis
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Seeking depth on the line — and someone to challenge right tackle Wayne Hunter, who struggled to protect quarterback Mark Sanchez last season — the Jets signed veteran offensive tackles Stephon Heyer and Ray Willis on Tuesday.
Heyer started 33 games for the Redskins from 2007-10, then signed with Oakland as a free agent. He had two starts in 12 games for the Raiders last season.
Willis spent six seasons with Seattle (2005-2010) after being drafted in the fourth round in 2005. He started 26 of 49 games, including all 16 in 2009.
After missing 2010 on injured reserve, he spent two weeks with New Orleans last year.
Earlier this month, the embattled Hunter made it clear he expects to start this season at right tackle.
“I am the starting right tackle, that’s it,” he said. “Not up for debate. Whatever happens come opening day, I am the starting right tackle. They told me that, so it’s clear to me. It’s as simple as that.”
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