1. Kenny Yeboah, TE, NY Jets
This offseason was all about finding playmakers on offense for whoever was to be under center in 2021. That goal remained consistent following the draft as the Jets agreed to a deal with Mississippi tight end Kenny Yeboah.
A 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end, Yeboah is coming off a career year at Ole Miss. In just eight games, Yeboah caught 27 passes, taking them for 524 yards and six touchdowns. Yeboah is also able to line up outside or along the line given his stature.
What is most impressive about Yeboah’s 2020 numbers is his 19.4 average yards per catch. The Jets are expected to run an offense that creates opportunities for significant yards after the catch. Yeboah is going to have the chance to make his presence known at training camp.
As things stand, the Jets tight end unit has upside, though remains unproven. Current starter Chris Herndon enters a big contract season, as his upside has not made up for his disappointing production.
Veterans Tyler Kroft and Ryan Griffin will likely compete for the backup spot, while Trevon Wesco and Daniel Brown are simply trying to make the team.
Without a doubt, the Jets have a solid group of tight ends, filled with experience and potential. Given offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur’s past in San Francisco with their tight ends, the position is likely going to be utilized more than the Jets have in the past decade.
Taking that into consideration, Yeboah has an opportunity to prove he belongs. Do not be surprised if he makes an early impact in the receiving game for the Jets in 2021.