Will the 2016 New York Jets tight ends be better, worse or the same as the 2015 Jets?
For the purposes of this article, the traditional in line tight end, the move tight end, and the h-back are all included in the tight end group. The 2015 Jets featured Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis and Quincy Enunwa at tight end. Yes, I know, Enunwa was already included in the wide receivers article. Enunwa's a bit of a hybrid, so I'm going to cheat and include him in both the wide receivers and the tight ends groups. So sue me.
Cumberland in 2015 had the worst year of his career, nabbing 5 receptions for 77 yards and zero touchdowns, while blocking at pretty much a league worst level. Cumberland was so ineffective he lost his starting position to Davis halfway through the season. Davis, a standard issue blocking tight end, did what Davis does. He blocked well enough, and he caught three passes for 18 yards and one touchdown. Enunwa was very effective blocking, significantly improving the Jets' run game whenever he was in there. He also caught 22 passes for 315 yards and zero touchdowns.
The 2016 Jets will feature some combination of Jace Amaro, Kellen Davis, Quincy Enunwa, Zach Sudfeld and Wes Saxton at tight end. I'm going to mark Kellen Davis as stay the same. He'll block well enough when he's in there. He might catch a pass or two. A lot like 2015, although his snaps will likely be reduced. Enunwa will likely improve in his pass catching duties in his second year, and I expect him to remain an effective blocker, so mark down Enunwa as better. That leaves Amaro, Sudfeld and/or Saxton to try to improve upon Cumberland's impressive 2015 production. Although that task is monumentally difficult, I expect Amaro, Sudfeld and/or Saxton to rise to the challenge. Chalk those three up for somehow managing to put up better numbers combined than Cumberland's GOATish five for 77, while managing to block even better than Cumberland's patented matador style. Ole'! Overall that means two of the three slots manned by last year's tight ends will see improvement in 2016. I'm going out on a limb here, but what the heck, it's the offseason, let's throw caution to the wind. I'm predicting the Jets tight ends in 2016 will be better than the 2015 group.
What about you? How do you see this year's tight end group compared to the 2015 Jets? Will the 2016 group be better, worse, or the same? Let us know in your comments, and give us your reasons why. Other than, you know, how could they possibly be worse?