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Jets might have a potential hidden gem in Jordan Leggett

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WINSTON SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 19: Jordan Leggett #16 of the Clemson Tigers makes a catch against Thomas Brown #26 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the game at BB&T Field on November 19, 2016 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
WINSTON SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 19: Jordan Leggett #16 of the Clemson Tigers makes a catch against Thomas Brown #26 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the game at BB&T Field on November 19, 2016 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately for the New York Jets, they were unable to see what rookie tight end was capable of doing in 2017 due to a severe knee injury. He has a tremendous upside and should hopefully be a hidden gem for the Jets in the future.

Before getting drafted by the New York Jets in the 5th Round of the 2017 NFL Draft, tight end Jordan Leggett made a name for himself at Clemson. In his entire collegiate career, Leggett totaled 1,598 receiving yards, 112 receptions, and 18 touchdowns.

Leggett’s 14.3 yards per catch average was impressive as one could only imagine how that would translate to the NFL. Unfortunately for Leggett, he didn’t suit up for a single game with the exception of Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns but wasn’t put in the game.

It remains to be seen if the Jets wanted to continue developing him on the sideline but the truth of the matter is, the potential is there for him to be a legitimate receiving threat on offense. Unfortunately, Leggett suffered a knee injury during preseason action last year that needed season-ending surgery to correct.

Time heals all as Leggett will undoubtedly come back ready to prove his worth and pick up where he started from after his college days. Leggett, if healthy, could be a difference-maker on offense and if tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins comes back next season, could bring a nice one-two punch in those kinds of offensive formations.

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If for some reason Seferian-Jenkins hits free agency and doesn’t return, it would at least give Leggett an even bigger opportunity to seize the moment and compete for the starting spot.

Either way, it’s his opportunity to prove that he’s more than capable of being a high-quality tight end that brings a much-needed presence to the positional group. Leggett brings speed and solid route-running to the table and if he comes back ready for anything coming his way, will be a pleasant surprise come next season.

Considering that offensive coordinator John Morton uses the tight end position much more effectively than his predecessor Chan Gailey, it bodes well for Leggett to get opportunities to shine on offense. Hopefully, everything falls into place for him to be a potential hidden gem for the Jets who are heading in the right direction when it comes to their tight end situation by using it consistently to keep those chains moving.

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