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Jets Right Tackle Situation Remains Murky

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When Todd Bowles was asked earlier in the week about his team’s situation at right tackle, the head coach still would not commit to either of the substitute starters working in place of Breno Giacomini. He also was not sure when Giacomini would be ready to play. The right tackle will have to sit out at least through Week 6 with the back injury that landed him on the PUP list.

On the right tackle position and the factors he weighed in deciding to rotate two players…

We’d like to eventually settle on one. I don’t know if I will. They both have pluses and minuses, and they both play good and bad. I think it’s probably an edge if you keep both of them in there and both of them are healthy, and both of them are fighting at the same time. It probably keeps the defensive culture off balance trying to do certain things on that side of the football. But they’re both still fighting, they’re both playing well and with Breno (Giacomini) down, right now I kind of like seeing both of them in there. But eventually you hope one of them takes it.

On if he believes Giacomini will be healthy once he’s eligible to return from the PUP list…

It’s still too early to tell.

Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana have rotated in Giacomini’s absence. It hasn’t been a major detriment yet. The next test comes Sunday in Kansas City.