Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (87) makes a catch against the Miami Dolphins during the second half of the game at Sun Life Stadium. The Jets defeated Miami 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' Stay or Go Series: Jeff Cumberland Edition


Moving right along, Jets’ fans, with another edition from our “Stay or Go” series. It’s time to give the fan base another vote, helping decide which Jets’ players should “stay” on the roster, and which players will be someone else’s problem based on simply not being able to put them in successful positions.

Tonight, we are looking at the Jets’ other tight end. He is younger than Kellen Winslow. His name is Jeff Cumberland.

REASONS TO STAY: Jeff Cumberland is 26 years old. The only other significant pass catcher in the role of tight end, is Kellen Winslow. We all know that I wanted Kellen Winslow here, but at worst case scenario, Kellen Winslow is a head case. As far as quality of character goes, Cumberland is several steps higher, looking at the situation from the Jets’ perspective.

As the season rolled on, Cumberland became quite the weapon for Geno Smith. In 2013, Cumberland set career highs in receiving yards (398), and touchdowns (4). He is only going to get better, it’s a good idea to keep a tight end around that is young, and can catch passes.

REASONS TO GO: Jeff has not been consistent. In 2012, he 29 passes out of 53 targets, a 54.7% catch rate. In 2013, he caught 26 passes in 40 targets, a catch rate of 65%. Better? Yes. But great it is not. One could argue it is not starter material.

There are my thoughts on Jeff Cumberland. What do you guys think? Vote, and sound off below.

What should be the fate of Jeff Cumberland in 2014?

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  • Paul Newbold

    Resign Cumberland. Unless his demands are out of reason, he is the only viable TE on the roster. He’s shown improvement the last two season’s, he’s earned a contract, just not a big one.

    • Alan Schechter

      Fair enough sir.