BGA: Scouting Steve Maneri

BentBent, Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed tight end Steve Maneri. Jets fans might not know too much about Maneri, so I’ve been watching game footage to assess what he brings to the table.

Maneri is a 27-year old listed at 6’7″ and 280 pounds and was an undrafted free agent back in 2010. Over the course of his career, he has been with five other teams, seeing the most playing time with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011 and 2012. Maneri was a tight end in college but began his NFL career as an offensive tackle before converting back to tight end in 2012. He has caught just six passes in his NFL career.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Maneri’s career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

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Jets waive injured TE Sudfeld, sign Maneri

The Jets waived injured tight end Zach Sudfeld and have signed Steve Maneri (June 15).

Sudfeld led the Jets with 20 special teams tackles last season. Sudfeld tore his ACL during last week’s full-squad minicamp when he got a shoulder/shove from Calvin Pryor in a non-contact drill.

He came to the Jets on waivers from New England in 2013 and played 27 games with 10 receptions for 148 yards in two seasons.

Maneri, from Saddle Brook, N.J. and Rutgers, has spent time with the Texans, Patriots, Chiefs, Bears and Buccaneers since entering the NFL as  an undrafted free agent in 2010 with Houston, where Mike Maccagnan worked before becoming the Jets general manager this year. Last year, Maneri played a game with the Pats but was released before the Super Bowl.

Last week, the Jets put in a claim on tight end Tim Wright after the Patriots released him. But so did Tampa Bay, which got Wright because their 2014 record of 2-14 was worse than the Jets.


This is a real shame for Sudfeld, who did show one or two flashes of pass-catching potential in addition to his special teams contributions (although there may be some “hometown scoring” involved in the 20 tackles the team credited him with last year). We wish him a speedy recovery and that he gets a chance to continue his career. In addition to being a promising young player, Sudfeld is also a great guy who does a lot of charitable work in the offseason.

Maneri is a converted offensive tackle who switched to tight end a couple of years ago after doing well in jumbo packages with the Chiefs. He should therefore be a decent blocker, but has just six career catches. In addition to the link with Maccagnan mentioned above, Maneri was also with the Bears in 2013, so Rex Hogan – who the Jets recently added to their personnel department – should know him pretty well too.


First-round pick Williams fitting right in with Jets

Leonard Williams hauled a few practice trash bins from the field to the sideline, one of the dirty jobs of an NFL rookie.

The New York Jets defensive lineman has gotten pretty good at carrying veterans’ helmets to the locker room, too.

He has also been tasked at times with getting up in front of the meeting room to try to make the rest of the players – a tough crowd, for sure – laugh at some jokes.

“I’m definitely rolling with it,” a smiling Williams said after completing his first pro minicamp Thursday. “I know my role.”

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Jets put in waiver claim on TE Tim Wright

The Jets were one of ten teams to put in a waiver claim on tight end Tim Wright after the Patriots released him, according to Field Yates (June 15).

Wright ended up going back to Tampa Bay, where he had previously played before landing with New England.


Revis won’t attend Patriots’ ring ceremony

Jets CB Darrelle Revis will not attend the New England Patriots’ ring ceremony Sunday night at owner Robert Kraft’s house. (June 14, 1:11 p.m.)

Revis, whom the Jets signed in free agency, won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots in February. He reportedly had a prior commitment that prevented him from attending.

Revis’ mother, Diana Askew, will attend in his place. (June 14, 4:52 p.m.)