New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin is working with fellow NFL tight ends to raise money for charity
New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin was invited to the Tight End University summit a few weeks ago. At TEU, tight ends from across the NFL come together to hone their craft.
However, before practices start, players are raising money for Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States. On a list spearheaded by Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, Conklin ranked 11th amongst his fellow tight ends in total money raised as of 10:44 a.m. ET on Monday. By going to this link, you can help Conklin move up the leaderboard while supporting a good cause.
I need some help catching up!! Anything you could do would be a huge help and it’s for an awesome cause💚 https://t.co/IrKwKvL3hz
— Tyler Conklin (@T_Conk1) June 13, 2022
Whichever tight end raises the most money gets an additional $50,000 to their local Boys & Girls Club.
Since this list was tweeted, Conklin has already raised an additional $640 within the next seven-plus hours, which moved him up to seventh place. However, he is still over $2,500 short of the number 1 spot.
With millions of fans, the Jets community should be able to get Conklin into the top-5 if not the number 1 spot.
General manager Joe Douglas has always emphasized character when adding players to the Jets roster. Conklin is certainly fitting the bill so far.
The 26-year-old former 5th-round pick had a career year with the Minnesota Vikings in 2021. In his first season as Minnesota’s top tight end, Conklin tallied 61 receptions, 593 yards, and three touchdowns. Conklin is also an above-average blocker, especially in pass protection.
Conklin is also a very underrated athlete. His 7.87 Relative Athletic Score (RAS) ranks at the 78th percentile among 788 tight ends drafted since 2000.
At the 2018 NFL Combine, Conklin ranked second among all tight ends in the vertical (38 inches), fourth in the broad jump (120 inches), and fifth in the three-cone drill (7.13 seconds).
Conklin is at his best on short passes due to his quickness and outstanding hands (3 drops in 4 years). He is the ideal outlet to support quarterback Zach Wilson.
Heading into his fifth season, Conklin is just starting to hit his stride.