Every week Cole Patterson will break down the performance of the New York Jets tight ends. Here is his take on week two.
Grading Scale: Tight end is an interesting position to grade out, given that they are responsible for both receiving and blocking. As receivers in the West Coast Offense, tight ends will be asked to line up anywhere from slot, to split end, to flanker and be responsible for the entire route tree. As blockers in the offense, they will be assigned delayed releases, one-on-one blocks, or simply to chip a pass rusher. With these roles in mind, it is difficult to create a complex grading scale based on YPC or blocking, as the play may conclude before the tight end’s true role on the play is clear. All of that is to say, because the tight end position is so enigmatic (particularly in a WCO) a simple letter based grading scale is best employed.
- A = Entirely positive impact
- B = Consistent positive impact, few minor mistakes
- C = Equal level of positive and negative impact, average, or made no impact plays whatsoever
- D = Mostly negative impact, with room for improvement
- F = Entirely negative impact
Kellen Winslow – 3 receptions, 16 yards
After Winslow’s seven catch, seventy nine yards, and one touchdown performance in week one, his week two production comes as a disappointment. Winslow was hardly targeted by Smith and his stats reflect that. When he did manage to get his hands on the ball he was tackled in the open field and didn’t make any major contribution. Perhaps he should have had more targets considering the other receiving options’ catching woes. However, after last week, it was no surprise to see the Patriots defense key in on Winslow. He was frequently chipped at the line and double teamed. Winslow didn’t make any serious mistakes but made no serious impact either.
Oh Jeff Cumberland. Every game seems to be “the game” that he will break out. With Kerley out, it was easy to hope Cumberland would take on the role of working the middle of the field. In the 35 or so snaps he took, Cumberland was not targeted once. He played the role of blocker and receiver to relatively even amounts. He didn’t make any major gaffes in either role but did get beat by Rob Ninkovich on a read-option attempt that led to a loss of yards. Cumberland’s role seems limited right now which (again) considering the case of the dropsies plaguing the Jets’ other pass catchers, might need to change.
Reuland played exclusively on special teams, where he made little impact.
If you could not sense the theme this week than here it is spelled out: the tight ends should have gotten more looks with the Jets wide receivers struggling. It is impossible to tell if this was game plan specific or Geno looking them off, but the tight ends got a total of four targets. This is a travesty considering the inability of Clyde Gates or Stephen Hill to catch any moderately contested ball thrown their way. Marty Mornhinweg is a wiz at scheming pass catchers open, so why not utilize more two tight end sets with your wide outs struggling? For that matter, why not utilize the running game? Well, that is a question for another writer (Dalbin) to ponder.