4 notable NY Jets who could be cut before the summer

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2. Kenny Yeboah, TE, NY Jets

Some might scoff at the notion that Kenny Yeboah is a "notable" player, but we are talking about a player who was active as the Jets' No. 3 tight end over third-round rookie Jeremy Ruckert last season.

The Jets like Yeboah, who has developed into a quality backup tight end and regular special-teams contributor since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2021.

Unfortunately, the Jets' tight end room is extremely crowded. Veterans Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah are back. Ruckert is hoping to earn a more sizable role in his second NFL season. Seventh-round rookie Zack Kuntz is an intriguing developmental option.

Then there are undrafted rookies E.J. Jenkins and Izaiah Gathings — two converted college wide receivers. Jenkins was given the third-most guaranteed money of any undrafted rookie on the Jets' roster, while Gathings was the only tryout player signed out of Jets rookie minicamp.

There are currently seven tight ends under contract with the Jets, not including fullback Nick Bawden. It's very rare to see a team enter the summer with that much roster space devoted to the tight end position.

While Yeboah did play 79 percent of the Jets' special-teams snaps last season, it still seems unlikely that he makes the final 53-man roster. Even if the Jets try to sneak Kuntz onto their practice squad, I'm not sure there's room for Yeboah.

The most likely outcome is that Yeboah does make it to training camp where he can compete for a roster spot, but with seven tight ends under contract, it wouldn't be a shock to see one let go before the summer.