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Jets could go from rags to riches at tight end in 2017

Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) on a catch against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) on a catch against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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In recent history, talent at the tight end position has been anything but abundant for the New York Jets. But 2017 could finally be the year we see production from tight ends.

Last season, the tight ends of the New York Jets posted embarrassingly low numbers. Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Bostick combined for only 18 catches and 173 yards on the entire year. Strides for improvement by Seferian-Jenkins and drafting Jordan Leggett could revitalize the position for the Jets.

In today’s game, a good tight end has become one of the most dangerous weapons on the field. Big-bodied players with route-running ability are capable of becoming mismatch nightmares for an opposing defense. A good enough tight end can hinder a coach’s game plan enough to open things up for the rest of the offense. If the Jets are going to be successful, they will need more production from the tight end position.

Sobriety could save Seferian-Jenkins’ career

In an article written by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, it is reported that Seferian-Jenkins has now been sober for about four months. The Jets took a chance by signing him last year after his release from Tampa Bay following a DUI arrest. After successfully seeking help, Sefarian-Jenkins has rededicated himself and he even lost 25 pounds since the end of last season; weight put on by drinking. Seferian-Jenkins has looked good thus far during OTAs, catching the attention of head coach Todd Bowles as he said in this quote via Cimini’s article:

“He’s running well,” Bowles said. “It’s still early, but he’s in a good groove right now.”

Fifth-round pick Jordan Leggett could be a great value pick

At 6’5″ and 258 lbs, Legget has received much praise for his outstanding size. Not only can his size create a mismatch on a smaller defender, but Leggett also has great hands, recording only two drops in his final two seasons in college.

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But for Leggett, his biggest criticisms have been a lack of effort and blocking ability.

In fact, at Clemson, Leggett was dubbed with the nickname “Lazy Leggett” because of his inability to block and a lack of effort.

While Leggett does have potential, he was a fifth-round pick for a reason.

Leggett has as much room to grow as anybody in the league. Although, with proper guidance and coaching, Leggett has the potential to develop into a starting-quality tight end.

Production from the tight end position will be anything but certain for the Jets. Leggett is still only a rookie and Seferian-Jenkins has a lot to prove. Although, these two players bring new hope to the tight end position for the Jets which can go from rags to riches this upcoming season.

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