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Spotlight, TE Tarren Lloyd

By Alan Schechter

Dec 17, 2011; Boise, ID, USA; Utah State Aggies tight end Tarren Lloyd (88) scores a touchdown during the first half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the Ohio Bobcats at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE

This afternoon, we take a look at a recent signing by the New York Jets. He is a UDFA, and will compete for a position on the depth chart at TE. Spotlight on TE, Tarren Lloyd, Utah State.

He measures in at 6’6″ 256 pounds. He never caught more than 12 passes in a college season, so talking much about his receiving isn’t really relevant.

As someone who never saw this guy before, I wanted to see some tape before I commented, so here is some video tape:

Here is what I saw:

PROS:He has a great first step off of the snap. No lineman seems to get the jump on him, he is right in the guy’s face, which is an asset to the physical running game. He gets his feet going and keeps his man moving in the direction he wants him to go. He also blocks through the guy, doesn’t let his man bounce off. Tony Sparano will love that. On the few passes he caught on the tape, he has good hands, and finds the open spot in the zone quite well.

CONS:His blocking style worries me as far as the passing game is concerned. If you notice, he blocks everyone very high. It makes him susceptible to a pass rusher at the next level who has a variety of pass rushing techniques. A guy gets his center of gravity underneath Lloyd, and Lloyd will have no chance. He needs to block a bit lower at times. He also really isn’t a factor in the passing game, once he makes a catch, he basically just goes down.

This kid looks like he could be an asset. He is a physical blocker, which the Jets are looking for. The Jets need a blocking TE. I liked the plays where he stood up at the fullback position as well, maybe he could fit in as an H-back type. He should get his opportunity to compete with Hayden Smith, Josh Baker, et al, for the blocking tight end spot, and we wish him luck.