Every week Cole Patterson will break down the performance of the New York Jets tight ends. Here is his take on week seven.
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 –
What was a mostly negative week for the New York Jets tight ends begins with the absence of Kellen Winslow. Though Cumberland has been coming along nicely, Mornhinweg has all but abandoned two tight end sets sans Winslow (as you will see later). Jeremy Kerley has assumed the role of safety valve for Geno Smith.
Jeff Cumberland – 3 rec, 41 yards
The day started off with a bang for Cumberland. Geno Smith took a pass out of the shotgun and hit Cumby for a 25 yard bomb, on the first snap of the game. After that big play, Cumberland hauled in only two of the seven passes thrown his way for a pitiful 42% completion percentage. To be fair, one of those incompletions came on a blatant pass interference from Steve Gregory that gave the Jets 30 free yards. Cumberland saw the field on 75 of 91 (82%) total offensive snaps. This number seems low considering the other two active tight ends only saw three total snaps. Smith targeted Cumberland on 21% of his 33 passes. He had more targets than Stephen Hill and only three less than Kerley (8 receptions on 10 targets). Clearly a key target for the Jets rookie quarterback, Cumberland needs to limit games like this and remain a reliable option for Smith.
Konrad Reuland –
Reuland only saw the field on two plays and made no impact whatsoever.
Zach Sudfeld saw the field half as much as Reuland, for one snap. He made no impact on the field. However, the Jets admitted to picking the tight end’s brain for information on his former team’s offense. Based on his lack of playing time one has to wonder if he is simply a place holder in anticipation of Winslow’s return.