New York Jets’ hometown kid Jeremy Ruckert returns to Long Island
It was a homecoming type of Sunday morning for New York Jets tight end Jeremy Ruckert. The sophomore professional returned close to home and gave back to the next generation of players.
Ruckert put on his own football camp for kids, all dressed up to create the most Ruckert jerseys you’ve seen in one frame. While being a Lindenhurst native, the event took place not far down the road in Massapequa.
Jets TE @Jeremy_Ruckert1 hosted a football camp today in Massapequa.
Said he loves what Jets have done this offseason and was taken aback by how vocal Aaron Rodgers has been in the film room, explaining certain concepts.
(Side note—most Ruckert jerseys in one spot ever)#jets pic.twitter.com/I1Jo9Tozbv
— jamie stuart (@jamiestuartTV) May 7, 2023
There is nothing quite like the energy of players who go on to play for their hometown team. The Long Island to New York Jets pipeline is alive and well, as another product of LI recently received an invite to Jets camp. Hopefully, Ruckert will have an increased role and a little more to bring home after the 2023-24 season.
Ruckert has primarily been a blocker in his college and short NFL career. He saw just one catch on two targets last year; however, he posted a stellar blocking performance to close out last season at Miami. Ruckert recorded a great PFF run-blocking grade of 87.9, bringing his 2022 average to 78.0.
The Jets have invested heavily into the run game, and with rookie standout Breece Hall returning from an ACL tear last season, Ruckert could be an important wild card to establishing the run game this year.
For now, Ruckert is inspiring the next group of local athletes (and Jets fans) to potentially put on the green and white as a lifelong fan.