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Signs point to a revamped Jets tight end attack

By Luis Tirado Jr.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 31: Bucky Hodges #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 31, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Dolphins defeated the Vikings 30-9. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 31: Bucky Hodges #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 31, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Dolphins defeated the Vikings 30-9. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets saw an increase in production last season at tight end and all signs point to an even bigger role in 2018. Expect to see a revamped tight end attack featuring several new faces.

Last year for the New York Jets, they finally saw some major production out of the tight end position. Austin Seferian-Jenkins proved to be a pleasant surprise as he was a factor on offense for the most part. In 2017, he totaled 357 receiving yards, 50 receptions, and three touchdowns.

It was easily the best season of his career but unfortunately, he bolted via free agency and is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets acted quickly to bolster their tight end situation by adding some decent free agents this offseason.

Besides having Jordan Leggett in the mix, the Jets recently added Clive Walford and Bucky Hodges. Now, it’s an interesting scenario for the Jets since literally, all three are coming off seasons that were shortened or completely missed due to injury. Hopefully, it all works out for the best and that the top players in the positional group emerge as quality material.

Could new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates use the tight end position even more than John Morton? Considering that it’s still a huge question mark as who will start, backup, and be the third tight end on the final roster but at the end of the day, the possibilities are looking good.

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Leggett, Walford, and Hodges were all successful at some point in their football careers, mostly in college. If the Jets get lucky and are able to have the ability to launch a good amount of two tight end formation plays, it would undoubtedly help their offense create a better identity.

Last season, the Jets offense was all over the place, mainly a pass-happy one that wasn’t able to consistently keep those chains moving or score touchdowns. Hopefully, in 2018, they’ll continue what they started last year with Seferian-Jenkins but add in more of a rotation to feature the talents of new and possibly better talent.

Imagine plays featuring Leggett and Walford on the field at the same time? Or perhaps Hodges can emerge as a good tight end with major upside to be a key blocker on rushing plays? If this group can stay and remain healthy, there is no telling the success they can have. It would be another pleasant sight to see since Jets fans all loved seeing the offense actually feature tight ends last year. Expect to see a revamped tight end attack that could be a focal point on offense next season.

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