The NY Jets completely revamped their tight end room this offseason with the addition of players like Tyler Conklin, C.J. Uzomah, and Jeremy Ruckert, but an overlooked part of that revamp was Lawrence Cager.
Cager made the switch from wide receiver to tight end after re-signing with the Jets in January, and the former undrafted free agent made strides to improve his game this summer. So much so that he actually made the Jets' 53-man roster out of training camp.
Unfortunately, Cager's stay with the Jets was short-lived as he was released a month into the season and subsequently signed to the practice squad of the New York Giants. Now, with the Giants, Cager has found a new home — and he's almost immediately made an impact.
Cager scored his first career NFL touchdown on Sunday and played a whopping 65 percent of offensive snaps — highest among all tight ends on the Giants — while hauling in two catches for nine yards.
As The Athletic's Dan Duggan pointed out after the game, Cager seems to have already taken over the TE1 role with the Giants.
Former NY Jets TE Lawrence Cager has been thrust into a featured role with the Giants
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft, Cager spent his rookie season with the Jets, catching two passes for 35 yards in just two games played.
At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Cager was a big-bodied physical wideout who wasn't a great fit in the Jets' new offensive scheme led by Mike LaFleur. When he was released the following summer, it wasn't a surprise that the team didn't try to bring him back.
Following a brief stint in Cleveland that resulted in a grand total of one offensive snap played, Cager was re-signed by the Jets this past January and began his transition to tight end.
Cager was one of the most surprising standouts from this summer and it was unexpected to see his name included as part of the final 53-man roster, although it was hard to argue he didn't deserve it.
The 25-year-old even played 10 offensive snaps in the first game of the season before being rendered a healthy scratch in each of the subsequent weeks. Cager's lackluster blocking didn't help his case.
Still, Cager has seemingly found a home with a Giants team desperate for tight end help following Daniel Bellinger's injury. In just a few weeks, Cager seems to have established himself as the team's top tight end at the moment.
From being considered a roster longshot with the Jets this summer to a starting role with the Giants, Cager's ascension has been fun to watch over the last few months.
There wasn't room for him on the Jets' roster, but talent often finds a way to shine through. Such is the case with Lawrence Cager.