The NY Jets are just about a month away from their season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. We're a few weeks into training camp at this point, and some of the position battles on the roster have begun to take shape.
Some players have managed to improve their stock and look well on their way toward establishing roles with the team, either as starters or reserves. The following five players in this list do not fit that criteria.
For whatever reason, the players we're going to discuss today have fallen short of expectations this summer. They've either underachieved or seen their direct competition overachieve — or perhaps a little bit of both.
Let's take a look at five Jets players who are trending down this summer.
5. Zack Kuntz, TE, NY Jets
The Jets used a seventh-round pick on tight end Zack Kuntz in this year's draft with the expectation that he could be a developmental project for the team. That most certainly seems to be the case for the 6-foot-8 athletic wonder.
Despite his gifted physical traits, Kuntz has done little to stand out in camp to this point. It's not that he's been "bad" so much as his competition has just been better. Jeremy Ruckert has made significant strides this summer. Even Kenny Yeboah has made a few more plays.
The Jets did invest a seventh-round pick into Kuntz, but it should be noted that multiple undrafted players they signed received more guaranteed money. Even fellow rookie tight end E.J. Jenkins received just $10,000 less in guarantees.
The Jets would like to keep Kuntz around as a developmental piece, but it might be hard to find a roster spot for him at this point. Don't be surprised if Kuntz is a part of final roster cuts later this month.