My story: While the Jets (and others) pine away for a tackle, Jeff Otah is working his way back

That’s former Jets right tackle Jeff Otah, awaiting practice. He never made it (Associated Press)

The Jets struggles at offensive tackle are well-documented, and anyone who checked out Wayne Hunter on Saturday night can attest. They have a problem… one they tried to fix.

The Jets dealt for former Panthers first-rounder Jeff Otah, then saw the trade nullified when he didn’t pass a physical. Soon, Otah was sent back to Carolina, and released. It wasn’t his best week. It also wasn’t the end.

Otah got in his car and drove to Cleveland to work out at the O-Line Academy run by LeCharles Bentley. The goal is to make it back this season, in shape, and ready to roll. It may not be by Week 1, but at some point. On NFL.com, Bentley clued us in to what’s been up.

(Otah) has a workman-type mentality, which is what he needs right now,” Bentley told me. “That’s the biggest thing with a guy like that, especially being a former first-round pick, not under the new CBA, but one of those guys got paid a lot of money. He has that willingness to fight that’s my point. He’s not giving up. What I ask my guys to do is, it’s not easy. You don’t have to do anything easy. I don’t kiss anybody’s ass. It’s my passion, it’s not my job. I don’t treat my guys like clients, they’re like family to me. I only take guys who want to work with.  He’s where he’s at, I’m gonna stick with him, ride with him, hope for the best and see what happens. Regardless of where it goes, he’s going to be a success in football, out of football, and that’s a fact.”

Check out my story on Otah’s road back on NFL.com.

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