For the past couple of years, the New York Jets have gone through a lot of shuffling on the offensive line, relying on draft picks and unproven youngsters to plug gaps. We're about to find out just how wise that was.
Rex Ryan revealed yesterday that guard Willie Colon will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery after he suffered an injury during a workout. The 31-year-old was already rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon he suffered in last year's season finale last year. Ryan said there's no timetable for his return, and Colon's availability for the start of 2014 seems up in the air.
"It's safe to say it's going to be a while," Ryan said, and that was the closest he came to giving a timetable.
Colon started all 16 games for New York last year, and re-upped with Gang Green this spring on a one-year deal that the Jets hoped would buy their young guys some more time to develop. The depth chart behind him gets thin awfully quick — last year's sixth-round pick, William Campbell, played on the defensive front for most of his college career and was a non-factor as a rookie. The Jets took Dakota Dozier in the fourth round this year, but the small-school prospect is raw and has a lot of developing to do.
Oday Aboushi, a fifth-rounder last year, played tackle in college but has been spotted in OTAs taking reps at guard — though Ryan has been coy about it so far.
"We want guys to learn multiple positions," Ryan said. "Obviously the more he can do the better it is for him. So we plugged him in there and he's actually looked pretty good these last two days."
The Jets need to come up with answers from somewhere, and right now they're staring almost entirely late-round young guys.