Every week Cole Patterson will break down the performance of the New York Jets tight ends. Here is his take on week five.
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 – 1 rec, 1 yard, TD
Winslow, coping with chronic knee pain and listed as questionable, only saw 19/46 offensive snaps. Of those 19 snaps, he was targeted once. Winslow cashed in on his singular opportunity and two-toed a lofted pass in the corner of the end zone. However, as he is wont to do, WInslow had a diva moment after the game.
Winslow apparently expressed irritation over his lack of targets to his rookie QB. After the game, he refused to comment on the situation, plainly upset. Poor Kellen Winslow. You’ll get more looks next time lil’ guy.
Sideline demeanor aside, Winslow made due with his few snaps. He demanded bracket coverage from the defense that left Cumberland some favorable mismatches. The touch down really displayed what his veteran savvy is worth.
Jeff Cumberland – 3 rec, 79 yds, TD
I’m not gonna say that this is the break out game we’ve been expecting from Cumberland for years but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
Cumberland absolutely dominated the middle of the Falcons defense. On his first reception, Cumberland bobbled a beautifully thrown pass but was able to haul it in (with a little help from David Nelson). This catch moved them into the red zone.
The converted wide out abused undrafted rookie linebacker Joplo Bartu on his next two catches. First, Smith hit Cumberland on a 20 yard seam route for the score with 11:08 left in the half. The tight end just switched on the burners and made a beautiful adjustment to the ball. On the next possession, Smith hit Cumberland, on the same route, for a 47 yard completion. This reception immediately set up the Jeremy Kerley catch and run for a score.
The only other target Cumberland saw was late in the third quarter on a 2nd and 20. Smith looked short middle for Cumberland, again covered by a linebacker, and had the pass broken up.
All three of Cumberland’s receptions led directly to a score. Combined with a mistake free day of run blocking, Cumberland’s performance was outstanding.
Again, did not see a single offensive snap.
The newly signed tight end was inactive Monday.