2013 Roster Countdown: #87 Jeff Cumberland

As we’ve done in years past, we’re doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.  See the full list of players we’ve covered so far here.

Position: Tight End
Height / Weight: 6’4” 260 lbs
Age: 26 / Experience: 4
College: Illinois

Background: A native of Columbus Ohio, in High School Cumberland was named to the All-Ohio team and was a PrepStar All- American after  25 catches for a whopping 801 yards and 13 touchdowns during his  2005 season.  Cumberland then played in 46 games with 12 starts during his four year career at Illinois where he played both receiver and tight end. While at Illinois, Cumberland had 59 receptions for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns and even received an honorable-mention as a freshman for All- America honors by The Sporting News. Cumberland went undrafted even though he had a 4.45 4- yard dash, and so he was signed by the Jets in April of 2010 and he was stowed on the roster as an inactive player much of that whole season.  Cumberland saw his first real action come in the January 2, 2011 season finale against the Bills where he had one catch for three yards.  In his second season, Cumberland tore his Achilles on Sept 25th against the Oakland Raiders.  It wasn’t until 2012 when Cumberland was ready and healthy and Dustin Keller was sidelined much of the year with injuries of his own that Cumberland got a chance to contribute to the offense.  Cumberland started 12 games and had 29 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

2013 Projection:  The Jets coaching staff likes Cumberland, but there were rumors about their interest in adding a player through the draft, not to mention their siging of Kellen Winslow.  Cumberland will need to work hard on his blocking and his knowledge of the Morhinweg offense this summer as Cumberland will likely be the one most directly challenged by Winslow’s presence.  That of course assumes that Winslow can make it through not only training camp, but a whole season and then stay on the field.  Expect that even if Winslow can last through December, Cumberland will still have a role to play in this offense and should be ready to produce to or above the level he did in 2012.

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