The New York Jets gave quarterback Sam Darnold a key ingredient when they selected West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco in the 2019 NFL draft.
Security blanket. Quarterback’s best friend.
You know all the sayings about a reliable, well-rounded tight end.
That’s exactly what the Jets are hoping they found in Wesco, who has the complete skill set to make a dynamic and talented offense even more balanced.
A skilled pass-catcher who also excels at mixing it up in the box as a run-blocker and protector, Wesco takes the challenge of one of the league’s most complex positions head on, much like another former Mountaineer tight end who wore the Gang Green:
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) May 1, 2019
While Wesco certainly doesn’t mind making the splash plays that command the spotlight, he’s not above doing the dirty work in the trenches, as he told team reporter Eric Allen:
Obviously I like to catch touchdowns, but I definitely do take a lot of pride in my blocking. I just do whatever it takes to win ballgames. That’s what I’m about. I’m about winning ballgames, helping the team in any way I can.
Wesco also tells Allen he hopes to live up to the standard set by Anthony Becht, a former first-rounder:
I met Anthony a couple times, he’s one of the greats at West Virginia and he played my position. He was one of the first tight ends taken out of West Virginia. It’s been a long stretch since one of the tight ends were taken in the draft. It’s pretty crazy how it all worked out, and he played for the Jets. Now I’m a Jet. It’s pretty crazy.
If the Jets are going to reach their lofty potential in 2019 and beyond, surrounding Sam Darnold with as many weapons as possible will have to be the recipe. Time will tell, but Wesco appears to have everything necessary to make an immediate and sustained impact in every facet of the game.