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New York Jets – Tight End

In looking at the New York Jets’ tight end situation, the overall consensus is that
Jace Amaro

is going to be the eventual starter and fantasy point scorer at tight end for the Jets.
Jeff Cumberland

is expected to be the in-line tight end and not make a contribution in the passing game. That is why Amaro is going between the 11th and 13th Rounds in most drafts. If you look at the numbers, they paint a different picture.
Jace Amaro

ran only a 4.7 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine. In contrast,
Jeff Cumberland

ran a 4.46.


Jace Amaro

was a product of the system at Texas Tech. He hardly ever had to line up in tight. He played the slot and was able to beat slower outside linebackers and strong safeties in the passing game. He was also able to block smaller defensive backs in the running game. In the Jets’ West Coast Offense he will be asked to do more in-line blocking. He will have to block linebackers and not small defensive backs. This is something he has never done and will have to work at to get better. Amaro
is supposed to create matchup problems for the defense lining up in the slot and split out wide, but running only a 4.7 40 time he will not be able to beat most NFL outside linebackers in one-on-one matchups as he did in college. He is supposed to be in the
Jimmy Graham

mold, but
Jimmy Graham

runs in the 4.5 range.

In rating
Jeff Cumberland

, he has excellent athletic ability, great speed and hands. His route running needs a little work, but where he really struggles is blocking. This is not a surprise considering that while in college he was used as a wide receiver at the University of Illinois much like
Jace Amaro

was used in the slot. The struggles include both run and pass blocking. This is what kept him off the field last year and what kept
Kellen Winslow

on the field.
Kellen Winslow

is gone now and all that is left at tight end for the Jets is Cumberland,
Jace Amaro

and Zach Sudfeld. Out of all these players
Jeff Cumberland

is actually the best blocker, so that will not keep him off the field.

The Jets expect big things from Cumberland this year and that is why he was signed to a $5.7 million contract, which actually is larger than what Amaro is getting paid at around $4.3 million. In conclusion, don’t buy in on
Jace Amaro

’s hype and don’t count out
Jeff Cumberland

just because he did not break out last year as he was supposed to.

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