Every week Cole Patterson will break down the performance of the New York Jets tight ends. Here is his take on week six.
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 -
Just one week after after being held to a single catch and displaying irritation about his playing time, Kellen Winslow did not suit up for the Week 6 matchup against Pittsburgh. Winslow sat out, not because of the chronic knee pain that may explain his limited snaps in Week 5, but because he has been suspended for four games due to a PED violation. Geno Smith missed his safety blanket this week but hopefully these next three games will provide Winslow a chance to heal and work on a team-first mentality.
Jeff Cumberland – 4 rec, 59 yards
Cumberland saw the field on 49 out of 58 total offensive snaps. With Winslow out, Mornhinweg scrapped two-tight end sets and Cumberland was often the only one working the middle of the field. Cumberland took full advantage of the opportunity and led the team with four receptions (on five targets) for 59 yards. Cumberland has shown that he can be a true starting tight end, making chain moving catches and keeping drives alive. He has hauled in all but one pass thrown his way on the season. Cumberland once again blocked admirably in the run game.
Konrad Reuland -
Reuland was on the field for a total of nine snaps,and was targeted twice. He failed to haul in either. He dropped a beautiful pass by Geno Smith that could have put the Jets in scoring position. The other failed reception came on Smith’s interception into triple coverage. Reualand failed to get open on all but one of his snaps and let Jarvis Jones turnstile him in pass protection.
Zach Sudfeld -
Sudfeld increased his snap total this week to a total of one. He was asked to run block on this play and made no impact. Perhaps we will see more of him against his former team in week 7.