3. Tyler Conklin may be the NY Jets' TE1
Tyler Conklin is another player who's been the beneficiary of his teammates' absences. C.J. Uzomah and Jeremy Ruckert were sidelined for OTAs while dealing with minor injuries.
In their absence, Conklin did his best to prove why he should be the Jets' top tight end entering the 2022 season. He more than made the most of his reps.
Conklin hauled in multiple touchdowns in red-zone drills and seemed to become Zach Wilson's safety blanket after a while. The two are developing important chemistry, all while Uzomah and Ruckert were left watching from the sidelines.
Signed to a three-year, $21 million contract in the offseason, many assumed that Uzomah would get the first crack at being the Jets' de facto "TE1." After all, Uzomah is getting paid slightly more and he has more starting experience than his position-mate.
But following his strong performance at OTAs, Conklin might now have the early edge. Some are even predicting that he'll be the Jets' top tight end "by a decent margin."
The Jets completely reshaped their tight end room in the offseason meaning that every player is on an equal playing field. Conklin has quickly become the first to emerge from the rest of the pack.
It's still too early to make any declarative statements, but right now, Conklin appears to have the inside track to be the Jets' top tight end.