They always say to make the most out of the opportunities thrown your way, and tight end Zach Sudfeld has been doing just that for the New York Jets in 2014.
So far in training camp, he has made a name for himself to be a viable starting option this upcoming season. Sudfeld has always been the underdog so far in his quest for a permanent starting spot on the team. As an undrafted free agent, he never had it easy as he’s been working hard every chance he gets to prove that he has what it takes to be a go-to guy on offense.
He was unsuccessful last season as a member of the New England Patriots, but the Jets saw something in him and thought that it could be nurtured under the right leadership.
One thing about Sudfeld is his ability to make plays no matter what role he is in. He’s a good blocker on offense to help support rushing attempts, and he has an ability to make clutch catches once the football is thrown his way. Due to this, Sudfeld has been receiving extra playing time in training camp to continue his development ahead of the upcoming season.
Many expected Jace Amaro to emerge as a threat to Jeff Cumberland for the starting tight end spot on the team. Surprisingly, Amaro has heavily struggled so far in his transition from college football to the pros, and Cumberland really isn’t consistent enough to be a full-time threat on offense. Sudfeld could very well be a training camp surprise and earn some starting time this season based on how well he’s doing.
If Sudfeld has a strong preseason, expect to see him get some starting time on offense, especially on dual-tight end formations in the red zone. He’s solid in running routes and knows how to catch in traffic, which makes him an appealing option for the Jets. One thing is for sure: when he finally gets the opportunity to score when it matters most, there is no telling what kind of year he will have for the Jets.