Every week Cole Patterson will break down the performance of the New York Jets tight ends. Here is his take on week three.
Grading Scale: Tight end is an interesting position to grade out, given that they are responsible for both receiving and blocking. As receivers in this 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, 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
Jeff Cumberland – 3 receptions (6 targets), 18 yards, 65 snaps
On the surface, Cumberland’s stat line looks abysmal. Three incomplete targets are never good and 18 yards on the ones that he did haul in is not much better. That being said, one completion was on an ill fated third and long tight end screen that Mornhinweg seems so apt to call. Another completion actually went for a first down on a drive saving conversion. Cumberland also blocked admirably for four quarters and looks to be much improved in this area. He kept the surging pass rusher Willie Young in check on numerous occasions. Overall, Cumberland did not make much of an impact but, with six targets, he was a clear part of the game plan. He should have made more with what he was given but, to be fair, some calls put him in a bad spot and two of his misses came on balls that were underthrown and overthrown respectively.
Jace Amaro – 3 receptions (4 targets), 54 yards, 23 snaps
Amaro finally made his mark on this offense both as a blocker and a receiver. All three of his receptions were vital and impressive grabs. His first reception went for 43 yards, as he did a nice job breaking open in the scramble drill.
His second and third receptions were clutch conversions in the fourth quarter, keeping the Jets hopes alive. One came on a third and six, the other on a fourth and three.
Here, Amaro hesitates, chips Jared Allen, and releases into the flat where he is left wide open. Geno Smith leads him well and Amaro quickly turns up field for the first down and runs out of bounds. This shows that he has a better grasp of the play book and has good situational awareness.
Here he releases immediately off the snap and runs a quick hitch route. With Jon Bostic draped all over him, Amaro still manages to high point the ball and reel it in for the key conversion.
Amaro’s one drop, however, was a bad one.
Here Amaro rounds off his route a bit but does a great job of separating from his man and finding a hole in the defense. Geno Smith hits him right in the numbers and Amaro just alligator arms it. This drop was a bad, mental error and one Amaro cannot continue to make if given an expanded role.
He had an up and down day as a blocker. He took his man out of numerous plays on two Chris Ivory Screen passes and opened a big hole with D’Brickashaw Ferguson on a combo block. However, he also showed some lazy technique on a few blocks that gave Chris Ivory more trouble than he should have had.
Zach Sudfeld – 1 reception (1 target), 15 yards, 6 snaps
Sudfeld was only targeted once in his six snaps. His one reception was a key third down conversion. Most of his snaps actually came on three tight end sets where he ran decoy routes to help get Amaro or Cumberland a free look or stayed in to block. Sudfeld gave up one pressure and allowed Chris Johnson to get stuffed.
Notes and Conclusions
The theme this week, from the tight ends, was conversions. Five of their total seven receptions moved the chains and kept the Jets in the game. The tight ends, as a group, saw their targets increase while their snap count stayed the same. We expected this outcome when Eric Decker left the game with a re-aggravated hamstring. With Decker out of the line up and a thread bare cabinet after Jeremy Kerley, the tight ends had to pick up the slack. Amaro in particular showed that he deserves a longer look in the coming weeks and can be trusted in key situations. The tight ends, while not individually stellar, made an overall positive impact and kept the Jets alive in an otherwise losing battle.
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