If there’s one position that New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas has taken out of the park this off season, it’s been a tight end.
The franchisee indicated that they moved away from signing a wide receiver during free agency – due to a bloated market – and elected to get two tight ends instead at CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin. Next, Douglas paired these additions with a leading development prospect for the position, Jeremy Ruckert of Ohio State.
This was the final change after another pathetic campaign from office. The acquisitions also allowed the planes to clean up the house a bit. Ryan Griffin is released, signed with the Chicago Bears, and free agent Tyler Kroft has moved to San Francisco.
Long-time Special Team player Daniel Brown was let go and the final cut came in May when Douglas fired tight reserve Brandon Dillon in favor of uncut newbie Calvin Jackson Jr.
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Dillon wins a new opportunity
Marian’s ex-product and non-Minnesota Vikings free agent has Appeared in five matches Over the past three seasons, he has recorded one reception for six yards. Since he just turned 25 in April, Nola may feel it’s worth a try.
The Saints website detailed the skilled man’s background: “Dillon was a notable NAIA Marian, located in Indianapolis, earning All-State Football League First Team Honors as junior and senior. He received honors from the NAIA All-America as a Senior Age in 2018 with 35 catches for 603 yards (average 17.2) with five touchdowns, while playing in all 11 games. As a junior in 2017, he finished 34 catches for 532 yards and four touchdowns.”
After a spate of infections and COVID-19 labels, the planes picked up Dillon just before the new year. He got a spare/future deal due to his problems but did not take the Green and White field after a short stay in the coaching staff.
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Important summer dates to remember
It may be “summer vacation” but boot camp will be here before you know it. According to CBS SportsThe Jets decided to start the rookie-only portion of their camp a little earlier, on Tuesday, July 19.
The rest of the crew will report back one week later, on Tuesday, July 26. From there, the wheels will go up in a jiffy, and then this plane will soar into the air.
Prior to the first week, there will be abbreviated dates etched into the pre-season schedule as there were before the pandemic. Inside NFL Ian Rapoport recently tweeted An NFL memo containing “Rules and Procedures of Reduction” in 2022.
The main deadlines to remember are the following:
- Tuesday, August 16 – Teams drop from 90 to 85 players.
- Tuesday, August 23 – Teams drop from 85 to 80 players.
- Tuesday, August 30 – Teams will make the final cuts, from 80 to 53 players.
Airplanes will play Three games pre-season against Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants in that order on August 12 (7:30 PM EST at Lincoln Financial Stadium), August 22 (8 PM EST at MetLife Stadium), and August 28 (1 PM ET The United States at MetLife Stadium).
Live from TEU
Speaking of tight ends, planes have quite a few players involved Tight End University this week. The topical top that aims to raise the bar for TE was created by George Keitel, Travis Kelsey and former NFL TE Greg Olsen.
First quarterback Zach Wilson was persuaded to throw the best and brightest of the NFL tight ends, then teammates Uzomah and Conklin decided to join the new QB1. Both new guns were spotted in Nashville today.
We’ll keep you posted on any and all news coming from TEU heading into the weekend.
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