Jim Zorn just dropped a mini-bombshell. Asked how longtime right tackle Jon Jansen was progressing in his return from a sprained right foot suffered last Saturday at Carolina, the coach said that second-year man Stephon Heyer is threatening Jansen’s job.
“I thought Stephon Heyer helped himself last night<” Zorn said. “He stepped in a and played right tackle which is what he did when Jon was injured [last year]. He shored things up for us over there. So that’s going to be a battle, a very close battle. Now that Stephon is playing [after missing two weeks with a mild sprained knee], he has a chance to play some this year, too. Stephon has a chance to compete for the position, I will say that. I’m not giving up on Jon Jansen. He’s been a great player. Jon’s been solid this preseason.”
Heyer will start in Thursday’s season opener at the New York Giants if Jansen isn’t fully recovered, but the bigger question is whether Jansen’s roster spot is in danger. The other veteran backup tackle Todd Wade has been sidelined with a high right ankle sprain since the Aug. 3 preseason opener against Indianapolis, but backup guard Jason Fabini was a starting tackle for most of his career.
— David Elfin