New York Jets' Tight Ends Bring High Expectations for 2013 Season

By Nick Mamary
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Setting goals is one way for athletes to gauge individual performance. It could either push them or result in forcing plays that disrupt offensive rhythm. Passing proved to be challenge last year for the New York Jets. If they look to improve in 2013 Gang Green must rely on young players like Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill to make plays on the outside. Being productive in other areas is also important.

Reliable tight ends open things up especially in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s West Coast offense. Losing Dustin Keller to their division rival Miami Dolphins took away a player who was becoming a dynamic threat. He served as quarterback Mark Sanchez’s security blanket. Less established Jeff Cumberland currently is listed as the starter. When watching Cumberland one notices solid burst off the line of scrimmage. Good hands also help finish each reception, and last year he finished with 29 catches and three touchdowns. Konrad Reuland also has a chance to contribute.

Cumberland recently told the New York Daily News: “My goal is at least four (catches) a game, so that’s around 65-70.”  This number may seem a little high, but he has talent to contribute.  Offseason addition Kellen Winslow also has mentioned expectations for himself. In his own interview with the New York Daily News Winslow said that his goal was to reach 100 receptions. While that number may seem out of reach, given injuries, there actually is some hope. He brings a lot of talent especially when it comes to receiving. I feel that both players have a chance to deliver on these numbers, which would greatly help their team.

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