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Sum Of The Parts: More On The Rams-Jets Trade For Wayne Hunter

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07:  Wayne Hunter #78 of the New York Jets walks off the field after practice at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: Wayne Hunter #78 of the New York Jets walks off the field after practice at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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St. Louis made the first move in the Jason Smith, Wayne Hunter trade with the Jets. Early we wondered whether two iffy right takels could make a decent starter, and that might be exactly what the thinking was from the Rams on this move. Allow me to explain.

The fresh start argument is a little overwrought when it comes to trade analysis, but there really is something to it. For both Smith and Hunter, a fair shake in either city would have been next to impossible. They struggled and the narrative about their ability was written in stone. Freed some expectations, maybe each player can be better.

There was a schematic notion at play here as well, one that fits not only what Brian Schottenheimer has done but the modus operandi of offensive line coach Paul Boudreau, whose Falcons struggled to cover a poor tackle of their own in Sam Baker.

Boudreau's Falcons had almost written in extra protection paired with Sam Baker and Will Svitek last season, according to this piece from Football Outsiders. Bringing in Hunter to work the right side with Barry Richardson when necessary could give the Rams and Sam Bradford better protection than just either one as an individual, not quite literally sewing two to make one, but close.