As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Wes Saxton.
Name: Wes Saxton
Year With Jets: 2nd Training Camp
Projected Role: Competing for a roster spot at tight end
His 2015: The Jets signed Saxton as an undrafted free agent out of South Alabama. Despite going undrafted, he had intriguing measurables. Saxton did not make the initial 53 man roster out of the preseason. He had a brief stint up on the active roster in October, but he was waived to make room for Sheldon Richardson as the star defensive lineman's suspension ended. Saxton spent the rest of the year on the practice squad and was signed to a reserve/futures deal once the season ended.
2016 will be a success if: Saxton makes the active roster and shows some productivity in limited snaps. There is an opening at tight end. To be honest, any suggestion Saxton can be a productive player is probably based more on hope than anything tangible. Jeff Cumberland has shown us through the years that it takes more than imposing measurables to be an effective NFL tight end. Then again, most of the tight ends in training camp also lack anything tangible suggestion they can be good players so Saxton might have a chance. One thing working against him might be that he projects as more of an H-back than an in-line tight end. To the extent the Jets have potential at tight end, it is in H-back types Jace Amaro and Quincy Enunwa.
Odds of making the roster: 50/50