Early expectations for Will Tye heading into Week 1
The New York Jets made a few waiver wire acquisitions after a plethora of teams announced their final cuts. Tight end Will Tye should end up being a pleasant surprise on offense for Gang Green.
For years now, the New York Jets always lacked having a presence at the tight end position. Most of the time, either the talent wasn’t there or lately, it was a position used to primarily block on offense. Luckily, the Jets are rebuilding the right way and brought in a new offensive coordinator that should be able to bring life back to a position that has been forgotten.
John Morton plans to install a West Coast offense that not only emphasizes on short, quick passes, but also factor in a tight end to be an eligible receiver. Even in preseason action, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins hauled in a touchdown which was a welcomed sight to see even though it was done in a meaningless game. This proves Morton wants to incorporate the position on offense to bring a much-needed dimension back.
Due to Seferian-Jenkins being suspended the first two games of the regular season, the Jets knew they couldn’t just depend on rookie tight end Jordan Leggett. Acquiring tight end Will Tye should help bring not only depth to the positional group but also have someone that has enough experience to step right in and take care of business.
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Tye has spent the past two seasons with the New York Giants and so far in his tenure, has totaled decent numbers. His career totals at this point in time are 859 receiving yards, 90 receptions, and four touchdowns.
Yeah, these numbers don’t exactly scream Pro Bowl tight end but make no mistake about it, he’s better than any tight end the Jets had over the past few years.
What should fans expect out of Tye heading into Week 1 of the regular season? It’s hard to determine since, like any other NFL team, game plans are specific to a weekly opponent but Tye should get a few reps in their Week 1 season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Even head coach Todd Bowles knows experience is pretty much what Tye brings to the table and is something that’s needed in the young locker room of the Jets. It’s expected Tye will have to cram the offensive playbook of the Jets but Morton will more than likely ease him in slowly, again, giving him a series or two on offense.
Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here’s what Bowles had to say about the acquisition of Tye:
On if he expects Will Tye to have a significant role in Week One since Seferian-Jenkins is suspended…
We’ll have to see how much he can take in this week first.
On what Tye brings to the team…
Obviously, experience. You saw most of him as a New York Giant but he caught the ball, he’s done some things, he’s played in games and it’s not too big for him. We just have to get him up to speed.
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Overall, expect to see him make his debut with the Jets this week and finally bring a presence to the tight end position. Leggett should also see some playing time but since he’s a rookie that’s still coming along, Tye should see some decent time over him starting on offense for the Jets.