With training camp well underway, the tight end situation of the New York Jets is looking like it might have a serious problem once the regular season is here.
This offseason, the New York Jets decided to let tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins bolt via free agency to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They were hoping that youth would lead the way and they would find a diamond in the rough within the positional group.
With training camp in full swing, unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. Out of the players working hard to earn a final roster spot, not a single tight end has stood out from the bunch that would give confidence in the decision to not bring back Seferian-Jenkins. If things stay the same, the Jets might be stuck between a rock and a hard place at the tight end position.
So far, Jordan Leggett, who is coming off a severe knee injury last season, has already found himself dealing with another injury in training camp. Head coach Todd Bowles hasn’t given an update on what exactly Leggett is dealing with but he hasn’t been a full participant in practices.
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Chris Herndon dealt with an offseason DUI arrest and hasn’t seen any momentum come his way in training camp. Eric Tomlinson, Neal Sterling, and even Clive Walford, the veteran of the group, all have been doing normal things in drills and blocking.
Without a clear-cut option that screams starting material, the Jets might find themselves having a rotation at tight end depending on how the depth chart starts to shape up throughout training camp. It will all come down to how each player does in preseason action as the Jets might only keep two, maybe three tight ends at most on the final roster.
Hopefully, someone steps up over the next few weeks because if they don’t, the usual security blanket for any quarterback of a tight end might not be as effective for the Jets this upcoming season. Without that, there could be even more three and outs for an offense that has yet to find its identity over the past few years.