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

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Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Hayden Smith before the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

HAYDEN SMITH:

This guy is the quintessential work in progress. He never played football before 2012 and came to the states and worked his way up. He started on the practice squad, and by the end of the season, he made his way to the active roster, recording a catch in week 16 against the Chargers. There is no reason not to bring this guy back. He absolutely should be…

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JOSH BAKER/DEDRICK EPPS:

I wanted to take these two guys together since they were both on injured reserve, Baker from the preseason and Epps after the regular season began. Neither of these guys make a lot of money, so that isn’t an issue. Epps recorded one catch in the game against the 49ers before he was lost for the year. Baker had an unfortunate injury during the preseason that cost him the 2012 season.

Baker showed a lot of potential as a weapon in the passing game, while Epps was average at best. They both could definitely be at camp for a tryout, but the way I see it, Josh Baker will be…

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while Dedrick Epps will be…..

OUT THE DOOR

Dec. 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) celebrates on the field against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

DUSTIN KELLER:

OK, it’s time to talk about the big guy. Dustin Keller. How do we handle the big guy, DK? His contract is up, as we all know, so it’s decision time. He is one player that takes a lot of debate. He is just on the border line of being an elite TE when he is healthy. When Brett Favre was here, he told Keller that he wished he had gotten to play with him earlier in his career. Last season, Dustin Keller led the team with 65 catches for 815 yards. He has recorded 241 receptions and 17 TDs over his five year career. We know how the quarterback feels about him.

His problem in 2012 became his durability. He was hampered by a hamstring problem that he incurred during the preseason, and never got fully over it, and was only active for 8 games. If he was trying to show that he was tough, and deserving of a new deal, he didn’t really have much success. He made it clear that he wanted a new contract during the preseason, but didn’t too much to show he deserved it. They could give him the “franchise” tag, but if they don’t want him around, that would be a waste. I am a big fan of Dustin’s, but I just don’t know if you can count on him going forward, as he seems to be a bit soft. It pains me to say it, but Dustin Keller would be…….

OUT THE DOOR

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  • $41324269

    What do you guys think of the TE position? Who should the Jets keep, and who should they send “out the door”? Anyone think we still should keep Keller? Please debate

  • Dave Hanna

    2 Months later- we got our answer- Reuland will be side by side with Cumberland- my prediction, Reuland is #1 TE but problem is Cumberland can’t block- in comes Smith