I’ve learned tonight that the Jets have signed Tarren Lloyd, an undrafted free agent from Utah State.
Big, in-line blocking tight end with good foot speed who helped pave the way for one of the nation’s most productive rushing attacks. Former walk-on with limited career production, but understands positioning, generates movement in the run game and is a functional short receiver. Needs to get stronger.
For his career, Lloyd had 25 catches for 280 yards (11.2 ypc) with four TDs in playing 39 career games, with 16 career starts. If you recall, leading up to the draft, the Jets were very interested in Utah State University running back Robert Turbin and his backup Michael Smith. Thus, I’m sure the Jets watched a lot of film on them, and saw a lot of Lloyd. He was originally signed as an UDFA by the Panthers, but they cut him on May 16th, to make room for veteran tight end Joe Jon Finley.
Lloyd is a big kid. At (6-7, 258lbs.), He will likely compete with Brian Linthicum, Dedrick Epps and Hayden Smith for a roster spot.
Before Lloyd signed, the Jets roster stood at 90 players, the maximum. Thus, they will need to release a player in order to make room for Lloyd. Not sure who that will be, but stay tuned and we should have it for you shortly..