30 May 2012 12:44 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Tim Tebow might be a backup but he is on the Jets frontline when it comes to sales. (Image Source: Getty Images)
Tim Tebow Among NFL’s Top Selling Jerseys
According to NFLShop.com, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow has the second-highest selling NFL jersey from April 1 to May 28.
Jersey sales may not help the Jets win any games, however many believe that Tebow’s marketability was at least part of the reason that Gang Green traded for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
No other Jet cracked the top 25.
Here is a list of the top 10 selling NFL jerseys from April 1 – May 28:
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
2. Tim Tebow, New York Jets
3. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
5. Eli Manning, New York Giants
6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
7. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
8. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
10. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jets Sign OTs Stephon Heyer & Ray Willis
Up until now the New York Jets had done little to improve an offensive line that dropped from arguably the best in the league in 2010 to a middle-of-pack unit in 2011. On Tuesday, general manager Mike Tannenbaum added some much needed depth by signing veterans Ray Willis and Stephon Heyer.
Heyer, who is entering his sixth NFL season, has made 35 career starts among 61 appearances. After spending his first four seasons in the league with the Washington Redskins, Heyer was a member of the Oakland Raiders last season. The Maryland man, who started twice in 2011, made a career-high 16 starts in 2009 for the ‘Skins.
Entering his seventh season is Willis, who hasn’t seen any game action since 2009. That year, like Heyer, Willis started all 16 games. He also started 10 games in 2008. The former fourth-round pick has played in 44 games in his career. Willis wasn’t on a team in 2010 due to injury and last season he was picked up by the New Orleans Saints, but didn’t play for the NFC South Division winner. The Florida State product did not make it out of Tony Sparano’s training camp with the Miami Dolphins in 2011.
Sparano was hired this offseason, as the Jets new offensive coordinator, in part to bring back New York’s ground-and-pound offense. The Jets also have a new offensive line coach in Dave DeGuglielmo, who came over from Miami with Sparano. DeGuglielmo has been working in the NFL since 1999.
The biggest position of concern is right tackle, where veteran Wayne Hunter took a major step back in 2011, his first as a fulltime starter. Former second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse has been an outright bust since the Jets selected him in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Hunter’s roster spot is probably safe, but should he falter, as he did a year ago, the Jets are in better position to make a change. Maybe this move will serve to motivate Hunter. Either way, expect Willis and Heyer to push the 30-year old veteran.
As for Ducasse, this could end his time at right tackle. Last week during OTAs, he saw action at left guard, where starter Matt Slauson is coming off shoulder surgery. The UMass product has played in 18 games with one career start under his belt. Ducasse could be fighting for his NFL life during training camp.
Willis and Heyer, who both stand at 6’6”, will also be competing with Austin Howard for a roster spot.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of American. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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