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Three New York Jets players take the field at Tight End University

The “Tight End University” summit started today and the New York Jets will be well represented.

Most notably, quarterback Zach Wilson is one of three quarterbacks that will be throwing passes to some of the best tight ends in the NFL.

Wilson will be joined by Bills quarterback Josh Allen and former 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard. After bulking up this offseason, Wilson still looks big next to Josh Allen in this video from The Athletic reporter David Lombardi.

Following his disappointing rookie season, Wilson has been putting in the work all offseason. Earlier in the year, Wilson traveled to Tennesee, Florida, Utah, and Arizona to work with teammates.

Wilson won’t be the only Jets player at the camp. Tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin are attending as well.

Conklin is coming off a breakout campaign with the Minnesota Vikings. In his fourth year, Conklin racked up 593 yards and 61 receptions. These totals ranked 14th-best and 9th-best among tight ends, respectively.

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Conklin’s reliable hands and serviceable top speed provide a skill-set the Jets haven’t seen at the tight end position in years. Conklin also brings excellent pass blocking as shown in this film clip against Nick Bosa.

On the other hand, Uzomah is at his best after the catch.

Despite being inches away from a Lombardi Trophy, Uzomah opted to sign with the Jets this offseason. It speaks volumes about the culture the Jets are building that the 29-year-old tight end chose to leave the Cincinnati Bengals.

General manager Joe Douglas didn’t stop upgrading the tight end position with his signings of Conklin and Uzomah. In the 2021 NFL draft, the Jets selected Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert.

The 21-year-old rookie is a lifelong Jets fan and was a fan favorite leading up to the draft. While he was underutilized in Ohio State, he delivered when called upon.

Overall, the Jets’ tight end room is by far the best it’s been in over a decade. They now have three quality pieces at the position. With these new additions, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur will finally be able to fully implement the Shanahan system and give the Jets a dominant run game.

Given their contract structures, this will likely be the Jets’ primary trio at tight end for the next several years. Considering the level of tight end play he dealt with last year, Wilson is likely thankful that’s the case.

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