Austin Howard

With the Jets on the bye, we thought it would be a good time to look ahead at the Jets upcoming offseason and get an early look at what we can expect in terms of direction and plans. ?In the NFL, the salary cap drives those plans and there's no better person to talk to than Jason Fitzgerald from OverTheCap.com. ?Jason started tracking the Jets cap in 2008 and turned NYJetsCap.com into a respected portrayal of the Jets cap. ?Eventually Jason decided to cover the entire AFC East and then the entire NFL last year under the banner of Over The Cap.

We asked Jason some questions about how the team is faring under John Idzik and what lies ahead in this two part article. First up, how do we grade the 2013 offseason and how much space can the Jets expect to spend on free agents?

TJB: Since there's not much left to do when it comes to the Jets current cap year, how do you think new GM John Idzik did in navigating his first offseason?

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Austin Howard, cap, cap space, Jets salary cap, John Idzik, Mark Sanchez, Muhammad Wilkerson, nfl, Nick Folk, Opinion, salary cap, santonio holmes, Brian Bassett
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Jets starting right tackle Austin Howard knows a different side to Wayne Hunter.

He is of course the most polarizing man on the Jets last year not named Brian Schottenheimer and fans loved to abuse and ridicule Hunter. The Jets starting right tackle last year, Hunter had his ups and downs last year and graded out as the worst lineman on the team, seemingly often victimized off the edge with a good pass rush. But Howard knows a different side to Hunter, who was his mentor and friend.

And on Sunday in St. Louis, Hunter and Howard will meet again on opposing teams. Hunter was traded to the Rams this season for jumbo tight end and reserve offensive lineman Jason Smith.

Tags: Austin Howard, Brian Schottenheimer, Player Profile, Editorial Aside, Wayne Hunter
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Now a Jet, former Rams first round pick Jason Smith won?t admit to any special emotions or feeling this Sunday in St. Louis. Instead, he?s having too much fun in green and white to admit to that.

Smith endured an up and down tenure with the Rams, where four years ago he was a first round pick. Expectations were high, some of which he met and some of which were unfulfilled and led him to becoming a bit of a whipping boy among the Rams fan base. He was traded to the Jets this season in exchange for the much maligned Wayne Hunter and with his new team he?s primarily been used as a jumbo tight end.

There?s no extra feelings for Smith this week leading up to a return to the team that drafted and then three years later traded him. ??I play for the Jets and that?s my life now,? Smith told The Jets Blog.

Tags: Austin Howard, Brandon Moore, Jason Smith, Matt Slauson, Player Profile, Editorial Aside, saint louis rams, Wayne Hunter
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"... pass blocking doesn't include hands to the face. When someone tells the?officials that, and they just walk away, or they don't call it, that is disheartening. ?[Austin Howard is]?a hands to the face guy and they don't call it, so he will continue to do it."

-- Mario Williams on Austin Howard
Tags: Austin Howard, Mario Williams, Quotes, Brian Bassett

On if he has spoken to Wayne Hunter?

I talk to Wayne everyday and he is still teaching me up certain things and I?m still learning from him, it is just something we do we?ve got to get through.

Tags: Austin Howard, Transcript, Brian Bassett
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