New York Jets Planning to Use Tight Ends More on Offense

By William Cochrane
Kellen Winslow
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With WR Santonio Holmes expected to miss a few weeks and Stephen Hill‘s (concussion) status being uncertain for the Jets’ next game vs. Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is looking to involve the tight ends more in the Jets offense.

The primary target for Geno Smith this year has been TE Kellen Winslow with his team-leading 16 receptions and one touchdown. The Jets’ other TE, Jeff Cumberland, had a good preseason being one of Geno’s top go-to receivers.

Given the recent success of the New England Patriots‘ offense behind the tight end tandem of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, more teams are implementing two-tight end packages into their game plans. Also with the success of this year’s New Orleans Saints two TE sets of Jimmy Graham and Benjamin Watson, this is a package that the Jets should implement.

The two tight end set will also open up the running game as it creates matchup problems for defensive coordinators.

New players we will be seeing into this Monday’s game will be RB Mike Goodson, who is coming off a four-week suspension, and WR David Nelson, who was just signed. They will have to be eased into the offense as they have to get familiar with the Jets’ playbook.

WR David Nelson is a good signing for the Jets. Nelson spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, catching 94 passes for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns.

With these two additions being eased into the Jets’ offensive game plan, expect to see a healthy dose of TEs Kellen Winslow and Jeff Cumberland this Monday Night.

William Cochrane is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @BayRidgeBaller add him on facebook or add him to your network on Google

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