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Could Brian Linthicum Start for the Jets?

By Alan Schechter

May 4, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; Free agent tryout tight end Brian Linthicum (48) catches pass during minicamp at the Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Could the Jets have a UDFA earn a starting job at the tight end spot? It’s a possibility.

Brian Linthicum is an undrafted tight end that chose the Jets. Why? Because apparently, he was told by Tony Sparano, and TE coach Mike Devlin that he will have the opportunity to compete for a starting position. He conveyed this during an interview with the Detroit Free Press. Here are quotes from the article, courtesy of our good buddy Jake Steinberg from The Jets Blog:

After consulting with his agent, Linthicum, watching the draft at his parents’ home in St. Louis, was down to the Rams, Panthers and Jets.

Tight end Dustin Keller led the Jets last season with 65 catches for 815 yards and scored five touchdowns. Linthicum caught 31 passes for 364 yards last season.

“The tight ends coach and the offensive coordinator that I spoke with made it very clear what I would be working for,” Linthicum said of his talks with the Jets. “I felt confident with that.

“They’re wanting me to compete for the starting Y position. Every offense has a Y tight end and an F tight end. Dustin Keller is the starting F tight end, more of a receiving tight end, slot-type guy. Then every offense has a Y tight end … on the line blocking, but can also get out in space and make catches.”

Does he have a shot?  I am sure they were honest with him, so he has a good a shot as any, and we wish Brian the best of luck.