As the old saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built it in a day.” This applies to the task ahead for New York Jets general manager John Idzik. A foundation was established during the recent 2013 NFL Draft. There continue to be a number of needs that still need to be addressed. One spot in particular that could use an ugrade is tight end.
Talent continues to be on the market in free agency and one player could assist New York. Veteran Kevin Boss remains available. Boss was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft by the New York Giants. After Jeremy Shockey left the Giants, Boss stepped up as a reliable target for quarterback Eli Manning. Between the 2008 and 2010 seasons, he recorded 16 touchdowns. He also proved to be a good blocker during run and pass plays. With Jeff Cumberland as the likely starter entering this season the Jets should look to add another option.
Depth is potentially solid at tight end with Konrad Reuland and Hayden Smith. These players are very raw in terms of experience. Boss brings the presence of a winner, as he was with the Giants when they won Super Bowl XLII. He is coming off of a head injury last year as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, but there is still plenty of time to recover before the season begins. A lack of offensive weapons doomed the Jets’ offense last year.
With an expected open quarterback competition a great deal of uncertainty still exists. Whether the starter turns out to be rookie Geno Smith, incumbent Mark Sanchez or someone else, they need to be surrounded by talented receivers. If he is healthy, Boss would help the Jets both on and off the field.