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4 NY Jets who could lose their starting jobs this summer

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2. C.J. Uzomah, TE, NY Jets

It's hard to say who exactly is the Jets' "starting" tight end right now. Much like with the running back position, the Jets will use a number of different players at tight end and there might not be a solidified No. 1 guy, especially as we sit here in early June.

But the player most expect to be the designated "starter" is free-agent signing C.J. Uzomah.

The Jets signed Uzomah to a three-year, $24 million contract in the offseason and he, along with fellow free-agent addition Tyler Conklin, is expected to provide a major boost to a position that has long been dormant in the Jets' offense.

But while many seem to expect Uzomah to emerge as the team's top tight end, Conklin has been making waves this spring.

The former Vikings tight end has been impressive at OTAs with D.J. Bien-Aime of the New York Daily News going as far as to predict that he will be the Jets' TE1, "by a decent margin."

Conklin was signed to a three-year, $21 million deal in the offseason after a career year that saw him finish with 61 catches for 593 yards and three touchdowns. It was his first year as a full-time starter, and he didn't disappoint.

Third-round rookie Jeremy Ruckert is also in the mix, but if anyone is going to give Uzomah a run for his money, it's going to be Conklin. Don't sleep on the 26-year-old this summer.

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