New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – Anthony Firkser

Joe Caporoso breaks down New York Jets UDFA Anthony Firkser

Here are at Turn On The Jets, we will break down every single UDFA the New York Jets have added. Here is a look at Brisly Estime and Gabe Marks

Player Card

  • Name: Anthony Firkser 
  • School: Harvard 
  • Position: FB/TE (H-Back)
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 220
  • Career Stats: 99 receptions, 1,559 yards, 14 touchdowns 

Workout Results

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.79 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.29 seconds
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.06 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 9’2”
  • Bench Press: 21 reps of 225 lbs

Strengths: Versatile player with the ability to line up at tight end, H-Back, fullback or in the slot in certain situations. Natural receiver who has good feel for route running in short passing game and is not a body catcher. Physical player lauded for his intangibles who plays bigger than his weight. Good athleticism for a player his size who competed at the FCS level in college.

Weaknesses: Not a downhill lead blocker. More of a receiver/tight end than a fullback. He is likely to be physically overwhelmed at times when asked to play inside the box at the next level. He doesn’t flash as frequently as you would expect for a NFL UDFA against less than elite competition. He can get sloppy with his blocking technique from time to time, showing that he was a high school receiver who didn’t transition positions until college.

Final Words: Firkser is walking into an ideal roster situation for a player with his skill set. The Jets have no rostered fullback of note and their top tight end is currently a 5th round rookie, Jordan Leggett. Firkser has a realistic chance to stick on the final 53 with a strong summer as a situational fullback and H-Back, and if not should be somebody who merits practice squad consideration. The Jets are hoping they found their version of Kyle Juszczyk in Firkser, which is an ambitious expectation but if he can be 75-80% of the player, it will be a solid addition for a UDFA at a position of need.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • JetOrange

    Assuming the Jets will carry a FB, Firkser competes against Julian Howser who is 6’2 255.. Possible competition, could come from TE’s ,Jason Vander Laan, Eric Tomilson, or Braedon Bowman