Week 16 NFL rewind:

Jets release OT Heyer

The SportsXchange

The Jets released offensive tackle Stephon Heyer, the latest offensive tackle to fail to take advantage of the open competition to find a starting right tackle.

Heyer, who has 31 starts in 65 career games with the Redskins and Raiders, fell behind third-year pro Austin Howard and current first-team right tackle Wayne Hunter.

The Jets signed Heyer and previously released Ray Willis and traded for Jeff Otah, who was returned to the Panthers after failing a physical, in a series of attempts to bolster depth and foster competition at right tackle.

Head coach Rex Ryan wouldn't commit to Hunter as the starter entering Sunday's game and Howard is likely to get extended reps this week. It's likely the team is scouring the depth charts of other teams looking for other options.

The first roster cuts are next Monday, Aug. 27, when rosters must be reduced to 75 players. Rosters must be cut to 53 players by Aug. 31.
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