Given his respectable contributions during last season, there were legitimate reasons to believe that Jeff Cumberland would be solid in 2013. During the New York Jets‘ first two games, he did not register one reception. Scheme wise, tight ends are extremely useful in a West Coast operation. Adding Kellen Winslow also takes opportunities away from the cause of collecting stats.
Cumberland collected 29 receptions along with three touchdowns throughout 2012’s campaign. Dustin Keller missed time due to injury, and the lack of quarterback Mark Sanchez’s security blanket hindered offensive production. Missing a solid middle target placed more stress on New York’s then depleted receiving corps.
Although these numbers produced by Cumberland do not qualify as elite, he should be viewed as solid. There is enough speed to get down the field and make plays. Early on, he seemed to be out of this loop of prime targets in 2013, however, such disappointment became subsided on Monday night, with three scores including one touchdown. Now, consistency must be present going forward. Their passing game has shown flashes behind rookie signal caller Geno Smith. After Smith demonstrated an ability to help his team in vital situations, confidence has been gained. Solid pocket presence during these instances brought terrific hope from teammates and organization members alike.
Against future, Cumberland’s contributions greatly add to their aerial attack. The Jets suddenly boast what looks to be, surprisingly, a big time running game. Chemistry is important, and to develop this with a new quarterback represents tremendous danger to other teams. I feel that Cumberland especially needs to step up after Kellen Winslow’s four-game PED related suspension announced Friday.