Do the Jets Need Another Tight End?

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June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) runs with the ball during minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Dustin Keller is the starting tight end for the New York Jets. He’s also been there the longest, as he has been with the Jets for five years.

But do the Jets have enough at the position? Tony Sparano is here, and he is bringing back the run-oriented, “Ground and Pound” Jets offense. Dustin Keller is an improving, but not known as a great blocker.

Now look behind him.

Has anyone been blown away by Jeff Cumberland? I would say no. Behind him, we have a whole bunch of unproven players. Dedrick Epps, Brian Linthicum, Hayden Smith, Tarren Lloyd, and Josh Baker may be good, but the fact is, we don’t know at this point. We just don’t know, and the Jets are not rebuilding. They are looking to make a run at the Super Bowl, and the question is, can they rely on unproven backups at the tight end position?

No they cannot, and there are some alternatives out there.

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