3. C.J. Uzomah, TE, NY Jets
C.J. Uzomah's stock has fallen slightly during OTAs, but it's not necessarily due to anything he did. An apparent leg injury cut his OTAs short, but the Jets expect Uzomah to be on the field by the start of training camp next month.
Instead, it's what Uzomah's direct competition did that has his stock falling. Tyler Conklin was sidelined for all of OTAs with an undisclosed injury, allowing extra snaps for 2022 third-round pick Jeremy Ruckert.
Ruckert looked every part of a player who deserves to play a role in the Jets' offense in 2023. The former Ohio State standout was one of the stars of OTAs and arguably the most active receiver on the team this spring.
The Jets probably want to see if Ruckert's strong spring can carry over into the summer, but if it does, it's going to be hard to keep him off the field. That could be bad news for Uzomah.
Conklin's role in the Jets' offense is likely pretty secure. The 27-year-old hauled in 58 catches for 552 yards last season, finishing second on the team in both categories. He's very likely still the TE1 in this Jets offense.
If the Jets want to give Ruckert some snaps, it might have to come at the expense of Uzomah.
Aside from his minor leg injury, Uzomah's spring was relatively uneventful. His competition made some serious noise, however. Ruckert might just push Uzomah for playing time early in the season if he continues to impress.