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Wes Saxton

 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

With the New York Jets opening the season in just a few weeks, we will break down the depth charts of each position in order to look at how the Jets stack up as they prepare for the 2016 NFL season. See the prior reports on safeties and wide receivers, Next up, the tight ends. 

Starter: Kellen Davis

Backups/Special Teamers*: Jace Amaro, Zach Sudfeld, Brandon Bostick, Wes Saxton, Jason Vander Laan

Tags: Jace Amaro, Kellen Davis, Wes Saxton, Zach Sudfeld
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New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

In between now and training camp, I'm looking at some of the veterans on the Jets roster to assess what kind of contribution we might expect from them in 2016. We're going to shift gears and take a look at the practice squad in terms of who is eligible, how it will likely be made up and what we can learn from who was on there during the 2015 season.

Note: Pro Football Focus exclusively provides some stats from this article.

The basic rules

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Dakota Dozier, Deon Simon, Dexter McDougle, Jace Amaro, Jarvis Harrison, Julian Howsare, Mike Catapano, Ronald Martin, T.J. Barnes, Taiwan Jones, Trevor Reilly, Wes Saxton
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New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)
New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at each position on the New York Jets roster and seeking your input on who you think should stay and who you think should go. Up next, the Jets' tight ends.

Overview: One of the most interesting departures from previous iterations of the Jets offense was the almost willful neglect of the tight end position in the passing game. In 2015, Jets tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis were targeted a total of 25 times (14 and 11, respectively) compared to 107 targets for tight ends Jace Amaro (53), Cumberland (47) and Zach Sudfeld (seven) just a year ago. It's true Amaro was shut down for the season due to a preseason shoulder injury, but would his presence have been the missing piece in the offense?

Expected to Return (4)

Tags: Jace Amaro, Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis, Wes Saxton, Zach Sudfeld, Brian Bassett
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The Jets did an impressive job filling out their top?spots on offense and defense during the?free agency?and draft with additions like Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Marshall, James Carpenter,?Ryan Fitzpatrick, Leonard Williams and Devin Smith. ?

But the front office?also worked hard to build up the back half of roster through smart free agency retentions,?under the radar trades -- and of course team competition. ?

With OTAs and minicamps in the books and training camp little more than a month away, here's four?players to watch in July and August at Jets Training Camp in Florham Park who might to prove to have bigger roles than many might first thought.

Tags: brianbassett, Chris Owusu, jmcguire860, NYJets, Rontez Miles, Wes Saxton, Zac Stacy, Brian Bassett
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