"Out the Door", or "Back for More": TE Edition

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Konrad Reuland (87) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Well, we have it the QB’s, RB’s, and WR’s so far, in our quest to evaluation the roster and play fantasy GM. Now it is time to take a look at the tight ends, and see who should be back, and who should be gone:

KONRAD REULAND:(Hey if I started with Keller you wouldn’t read the rest of this)

Here was a guy signed at the Labor Day “mini-draft”, as Mike Tannenbaum put it. Nobody really knew who he was, but he was primarily thought of as a run blocking tight end. He ended up doing a decent job as a receiver as well, with 11 catches for 83 yards. He surprisingly had a decent pair of hands, and was an asset in the passing game. He only makes $390,000, so it’s not as if he is a big hit to the salary cap. However, with the return of Dedrick Epps and Josh Baker next year, I don’t see that there will be room for this guy. My feeling is that Reuland will be………


JEFF CUMBERLAND: So, what do we do with Jeff Cumberland farms? At $540,000, he too doesn’t make a great deal of money against the salary cap. He was active in the passing game, as he only had one game in which he was active, where he didn’t record a reception. For the season, he finished with 29 receptions to go along with 359 yards and 3 TDs. Being active for 15 games clearly showed his durability, which was a problem for a certain other tight end that we will discuss later.

He did have some problems with recognizing defenses. There were a few times during the season when you would see Cumberland hit in the backside because he wasn’t aware that a pass was coming. That is one thing that he needs to become better at, recognizing the defense and being on the same page as the quarterback. However, I really like his speed, and when he is aware, his hands. He is an asset to the passing game, and would be a low cost option going forward as a primary receiving tight end. Jeff Cumberland should be……..


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