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OT Sean Hooey (6-8, 298)...With his incredible size, long arms and surprising athleticism Hooey boasts many of the physical traits that every NFL scouts is looking for in a developmental prospect. Unfortunately, Hooey has struggled to maintain a starting role for the Bearcats, likely due to the fact that he's been a bit injury prone. Hooey was expected to emerge as a bright spot for Cincinnati at right tackle a season ago but after initially playing well there, he suffered an ankle injury that ended his season prematurely. Jones and his staff moved Hooey to the all-important left tackle position during the spring. Should he have the breakout campaign that many close to the program believe he could, Hooey will draw looks from scouts as there is no denying his potential. - Rob Rang,

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n May 2013, Sean Hooey was in Miami "high as a kite." That's not an usual state of mind in South Beach, but the former Cincinnati Bearcat was actually talking about a recent endorsement from Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. An undrafted rookie free agent, Hooey was hoping to turn his spring tryout into a bone fide NFL contract.

A week later he was working to do the same thing in St. Louis. And he did. It worked out well, and now, he's working as the team's starting left tackle (part of a rotation) while Jake Long recovers from a torn ACL. So let's get to know a little more about Sean Hooey.

He's a Ram

The Rams brought him back for training camp last year, waived him in a round of roster cuts on Aug. 31 and signed him to the practice squad the next day. After the season, the Rams signed him to a reserve/futures contract.

A reserve/futures contract is just like any other. The main difference is that it doesn't count against the cap until the start of the league year (March 11 this year) and no team can sign that player away during that stretch. Only players not on the active roster are eligible for a futures contract. It's essentially a way for a team to hang onto a player they think can improve and be a contributor going forward ... like Hooey.

Hooey's futures contract is a two-year deal worth $930,000 ($420k this year, $510k next year).

He's tall ... really tall

At 6'8, 302 pounds, Hooey is the tallest player on the Rams 90-man roster. Period. Mitchell Van Dyk, one of this year's seventh-round picks, is close. Both are listed at 6'9 in some places. The next tallest player on the roster is Jake Long at 6'7, which, hey, that's the guy that Hooey is replacing right now



He's dealt with some injuries

A calf injury kept Hooey from doing much in training camp last year. But there's a silver lining here. The Rams thought enough of what they had seen from Hooey to sign him to the practice squad in September even though he couldn't practice.

Injuries plagued his college career too. He missed games during his last year at Cincinnati, the year before that too. So what exactly did the Rams see in Hooey?

He's a former tight end

He also happens to be big (we established that), has long arms and is fairly athletic. Had injuries not derailed so much of his college career, he probably would have been drafted. In the video below, you can see that Hooey moves well and isn't prone to making mistakes with his hands. I like that he also shows some patience in waiting for his man, not rushing out to find someone to block and missing another defender.

Rams scouts no doubt encountered Hooey while scouting Isaiah Pead in 2012.

Here's his highlight reel (excellent music choice too).




He doesn't have a lot of experience, which we know because of the injuries. In college, he spent most of his time on the right side. A year on the practice squad saved some wear and tear, but ankle and foot problems over a long period of time tend to be the kind of ongoing concerns that can prevent a player from taking that next step.

He's here to stay?

That's hard to say. But he's definitely getting the chance of a lifetime with Long on the mend. Even without pads or actual blocking in OTAs, taking regular reps on the left side will only help his chances of sticking around again this year. He might get his chance when players put the pads on for training camp. Jake Long is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he isn't expected to be ready to go when camp starts.

Roger Saffold wold probably be the starting left tackle if Long can't go in Week 1. However, because Fisher wants to keep his other starting linemen in their primary roles, Hooey could still find himself working on Sam Bradford's blind side in August.

If the Rams can turn Hooey into a solid backup while developing his starting potential, they'll have some depth at a really important position, a position where they haven't had much depth for a long time. Hooey's definitely a guy to watch this summer.



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Jets Sign OT Sean Hooey To A Reserve/Future Contract

By David_Wyatt  @DavidWyattNFL on Jan 24 2015, 5:14a + 


Mike Maccagnan has made his first signing as general manager and it's offensive tackle Sean Hooey.

Just a small note this morning. The Jets have made their first signing of the Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles era and it's former St Louis Rams tackle Sean Hooey.

Hooey spent the 2013 season on the St Louis Rams practise squad before rotating at the left tackle position while Jake Long recovered from an ACL injury this past off-season. He's a giant at 6'8 and over 300lb's and has dealt with a series of injuries which slowed his progress.

He has experience from playing both tight end and on the offensive line. He started on the right but has experience on the left as well.

So what exactly is a reserve/future contract? Basically it works like any other contract but doesn't count against the cap until the start of the new year, and during that time, no other team can sign him away. So basically this is a way for the Jets to ensure he's their player for the immediate future.

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Depth signing with potential upside. Hopefully the new OL coach from GB can coach this kid up to be a contributor next season at RT.

Can Aboushi displace Breno at RT, thus moving Breno inside to RG?


Again, new FO and coaching staff has no allegiance to a Seahawk player. Best player plays. Let the competition begin.

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