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NY Jets rookie TE Kenny Yeboah to debut vs. Falcons

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Kenny Yeboah set to make New York Jets debut

The New York Jets‘ lackluster tight end room will have a new face on Sunday.

With starting tight end Tyler Kroft not making the trip to London due to a back injury, undrafted rookie tight Kenny Yeboah will be called up from the practice squad.

Teams are allowed to elevate up to two players from the practice squad to the active roster per week. Each player may only be promoted twice in a season. A third activation requires the player to be signed to the active roster. This is Yeboah’s first promotion.

A teammate of Elijah Moore‘s at Mississippi, Yeboah was a popular draft prospect among fans thanks to his receiving production for the Rebels in 2020. He caught 27 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns over seven games in the pandemic-shortened season.

Yeboah ended up going undrafted due to the overall rawness of his game. While Yeboah has interesting tools, many of his catches at Ole Miss were wide-open and required little effort, diminishing the intrigue of his stats. He also had a ways to go with his blocking.

The 22-year-old native of Allentown, Pa. played in all three of the Jets’ preseason games. He struggled over the first two, catching only two passes for six yards and fumbling one of them away.

Yeboah broke out in the third game against Philadelphia, grabbing four of five targets for 100 yards, two touchdowns, and two additional first downs. The highlight was a 49-yard Hail Mary from now-Panthers quarterback James Morgan.

It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur manages the tight end position with Kroft sidelined and Yeboah tossed into the mix. LaFleur ran 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 TE) on a season-high 46% of the offensive snaps against the Titans last week, ranking second-highest in the NFL.

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