Since returning home to New York Aboushi hasn’t played much. Coming out of college he was a tackle and the Jets plan for him was to move to guard. Last season he didn’t get any playing time mainly because he was learning a new position.
This offseason however, he started to show why the Jets took him in he first place. When Willie Colon went down with a knee injury during OTA’s it was Aboushi who was thrown into the fire and he thrived. He played so well in the offseason that Rex Ryan and his staff let him compete for the left guard spot with Winters.
Ultimately the Jets went with Winters but Aboushi stayed ready. Two weeks ago when Winters went down Aboushi stepped right in and didn’t miss a beat. Colon has praised Aboushi since being a starter saying, “I think he is a great pass blocker and he’s more athletic than people give him credit for. He’s a lot more mature (than last season) and it’s just a matter of him becoming a pro.” Aboushi has been playing at a high level and if he continues to play the way he is he could keep the job for this year and beyond.
This week Aboushi and the offensive line will have to contain two key pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Houston actually has the most sacks against Michael Vick in his career with 4.5. The Chiefs have a pretty stout defensive line and should be a tough test for the Jets.
The key to Sunday is keeping Vick off his back and the Jets have to provide him with a stable pocket to throw in. With the pass rushing ability of Kansas City the Jets offensive line will have their hands full on Sunday.