How the Jets should best utilize Jordan Leggett
By Michael Pallas
Jordan Leggett will be a useful weapon for the New York Jets in 2017, especially when they turn to one of their young quarterbacks. He can be used in a multitude of ways.
The tight end has been an afterthought for most of the history of the New York Jets. In 57 seasons, the tight ends for the Jets haven’t really done much. So, when they drafted Jordan Leggett, fans and the media realized they were all in on getting the tight end involved in 2017.
They finally have a talented receiving option at tight end. He can be used anywhere, and he stepped his game up in big games at Clemson.
With that said, there is one knock in Leggett’s game. Some questioned his will and passion as an in-line blocker, which will have to change in the NFL.
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His NFL.com draft profile said this about what he brings to the table:
Has elite size for the position, but his motor and effort leave a lot to be desired. Despite his size, might not have the attitude necessary to be an in-line blocker on the NFL level.
Leggett was used in-line, on the wing, and in the slot at Clemson. The Jets can use him as a weapon attacking the seam and the middle of the field.
With Leggett, the Jets have many opportunities to use him to help develop the young wide receivers too. The key to the West Coast offense is attacking the defense on all three levels, and he can do that. He has catch and run ability, and his size will create matchup problems. This will open up things on the outside for the young receivers.
The Jets need to use him all over the field to get the most out of him. They can line him up in-line, on the wing opposite the another tight end, on the wing on the same side as the another tight end, or even in the slot.
Even though he’s a rookie, Leggett can be used as a weapon early and often. With the addition of Will Tye, the Jets should use a lot of 12 personnel (one back, two tight ends). The Jets offense has a few options this season. How they choose to use their rookie tight end will go a long way to success in 2017.