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Things aren’t looking so good for Neal Sterling

By Luis Tirado Jr.
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: A New York Jets helmet is held behind a player's back during the national anthem before NFL action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium before the game on September 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: A New York Jets helmet is held behind a player's back during the national anthem before NFL action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium before the game on September 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Tight end Neal Sterling hasn’t looked impressive at all during organized team activities of the New York Jets.

When it comes to tight end Neal Sterling, he’s a backup player that didn’t show much to separate him from the rest last season. In 2017 with the New York Jets, Sterling totaled 82 receiving yards, six receptions, and failed to score a single touchdown.

Believe it or not, Sterling has actually yet to score a touchdown so far in his three years of playing in the NFL. Originally a seventh-round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2015 NFL Draft, Sterling hasn’t had any luck of earning consistent starting time and has been relegated to mostly backup and third-string duties.

While Sterling does have experience as a tight end and fullback, things aren’t looking so good for him in organized team activities with the New York Jets so far. In an article written by Darryl Slater of NJ.com, he confirmed that Sterling has been struggling.

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He’s had a few drops when it comes to easy passes he should be hauling in. Ideally, the Jets are likely to keep two tight ends on the final roster, maybe three tops if another emerges as a key blocker to help in that aspect on offense.

With the return of Jordan Leggett to OTAs and newly drafted tight end Chris Herndon as well, it’s expected these two young players will be the preferred options to earn both starting and backup duties depending on how they play.

If things don’t shape up for Sterling, he could be the odd man out and end up a training camp casualty. He had an opportunity to prove his worth last season but unfortunately, didn’t have much of an impact when it mattered most on the gridiron.

Seeing him struggle now during OTAs before the eventual start of training camp is concerning for him and his roster spot. If he doesn’t pick things up and show that he belongs, he’ll be on the outside looking in.

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