Jets get it right with Jordan Leggett
By Jason Rodriguez
The New York Jets may have found their future tight end by selecting Jordan Leggett in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
With the New York Jets not having a reliable tight end in a very long time, they may have found a steal in this year’s draft by selecting Jordan Leggett. He comes out of Clemson University where he and wide receiver Mike Williams successfully helped the Tigers offense be very successful. Leggett could help out alongside Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, and Robby Anderson in the passing game.
Leggett has a very high football IQ and understands how to break down defenses, distances to a big first down and offensive schemes. From his freshman to senior year, Leggett was able to improve his game and it made him emerge as an impressive player on offense. He was easily a difference maker every time he was on the field.
His stats this past season were very impressive with 46 receptions, 736 total yards, and seven touchdowns. Unlike most players who are rookies at his position, he doesn’t like to sit on small routes he likes to make the plays and helps in the running game in a huge way.
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With a new offensive coordinator in John Morton for the Jets, Leggett will add a nice dimension to what should be a more pass-oriented playbook. He will fill a role that hasn’t had much production in quite some time to bring some good play at tight end.
Leggett will open up the field more and actually be a legitimate receiving threat at tight end. On top of being a quality receiving option, Leggett also does well in run-blocking plays, should the Jets want a more balanced offensive attack.
The Jets selected an offensive player who can help them this season which would be a huge benefit to either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg, whoever ends up starting in 2017.
Overall, if he is able to be as productive as he was in college, then the offense of the Jets will have gotten better compared to last season. Surely, Leggett is easily an upgrade over anyone the Jets have had at the position in years and even over those currently on the depth chart.