Jets Add Depth To Offensive Line, Trade For Road-Grading Tackle Otah
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have acquired tackle Jeff Otah from the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional draft choice.
Otah spent four seasons with the Panthers after being a first-round draft choice (19th overall) in 2008. He started all 29 games that he played.
But last season, he played in only four games, then went on injured reserve on Oct. 19 with a left knee injury. He has missed 31 of his last 35 games.
The Jets need depth on their offensive line, and Otah could push right tackle Wayne Hunter for a starting job if Otah is healthy. Hunter struggled at times in 2011, his first year as a full-time regular.
New York also put four players on the physically unable to perform list: safety LaRon Landry, rookie linebacker Demario Davis, receiver Jordan White and guard Terrence Campbell.
Landry and White both have foot injuries and will continue to rehab with team trainers. Campbell and Davis strained their hamstrings during a conditioning run and will be day to day when training camp begins Friday.
Davis is the team’s third-round draft pick from Arkansas State. Coach Rex Ryan compared him to Ray Lewis for his leadership qualities.
Landry signed with the Jets in March and they hope he will be a significant part of the secondary. He is coming off injuries to his Achilles tendon and heel that shortened his season last year with the Washington Redskins. The 27-year-old Landry was with the Jets during the first few weeks of the offseason program before heading out on his own to rehab rather than stay around the team and its medical staff.
He finished each of the past two seasons on injured reserve and played in just 17 games