Since coming into the NFL, NY Jets tight end C.J. Uzomah has carved out a quality career. Uzomah was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, becoming the seventh tight end selected in his draft. After a light load in the 2015 season, Uzomah would see a significant change the following season.
In 2016, Uzomah would finish with 234 yards and one touchdown on 25 receptions. After that, Uzomah would become a key cog in the Bengals' offense.
The best year of his career would come in 2021 when he tallied 493 yards and five touchdowns on 49 receptions. This would serve as his career high up to this point. He would also play in all 16 games that season — the most he's ever played.
Why C.J. Uzomah shouldn't be overlooked in 2023
Following his first and only Super Bowl appearance, Uzomah would find himself wearing new colors the following season. He'd go on to sign a three-year, $24 million deal with the Jets in March of 2022.
Uzomah would have a solid first year with the Jets, all things considered. He'd finish the 2022 season playing in 15 games, starting 13 of them, while proving his worth to his new team.
Uzomah ended the season with 232 yards and two touchdowns on 21 receptions. This isn't bad considering the quarterback carousel the Jets had to deal with all last season.
Uzomah did all he could to make it work but didn't have much help with the person throwing him the ball. This is a big reason why Uzomah should not be overlooked this season.
In all likelihood, Tyler Conklin will remain the Jets' TE1, and second-year tight end Jeremy Ruckert could receive some snaps as well. However, this coming season could be a big year for Uzomah as well.
It's worth noting that new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett loves working in 12 personnel, so he will more than likely see plenty of snaps. This time it will be with a quarterback who knows a thing or two about how to throw the ball.
Having a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers who could actually throw him the ball will be a significant upgrade. In training camp, it looks like Rodgers and Uzomah are already developing some chemistry, which could mean we'll see a bigger role for Uzomah this season too.
Uzomah could be a legitimate weapon in the Jets' offense and should not be overlooked.