Let the gamesmanship begin.
The New York Jets have claimed tight end Zach Sudfeld off waivers from the New England Patriots, according to a report from Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, which only further serves to fuel the rivalry between the two teams.
Tight end Zach Sudfeld claimed by the New York Jets, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 4, 2013
Sudfeld became a popular name in the summer months. He first showed up on the radar following OTAs in May, then really built his reputation in training camp as an athletic big-bodied tight end with the ability to make some pretty acrobatic catches.
Summer became fall, and the summer of Sudfeld led to the fall of Sudfeld.
For the Patriots, releasing Sudfeld could mean one or a combination of these three things:
- The Patriots were pleased with tight end Matthew Mulligan in his Patriots debut.
- Tight end Rob Gronkowski is close to making his 2013 debut.
- Sudfeld simply wasn't the player they thought he was when they announced the roster.
The Jets are getting a 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end who showed what he can do in preseason, but simply hasn't developed that talent into on-field production yet. Tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland are the primary backups to starting tight end Kellen Winslow.
Not only have the Jets a player who might be able to provide some insight on the Patriots offense, but of Sudfeld can refine his game and develop some consistency as a receiver, he could be yet another tight end to give the Patriots linebackers and safeties a headache.
The Patriots play the Jets again on Oct. 20.
Here is a list of the players that have switched allegiances between the Patriots and the Jets since 2009:
- QB Kevin O'Connell
- QB Tim Tebow
- RB Danny Woodhead
- TE Chris Baker
- TE Matthew Mulligan
- TE Zach Sudfeld
- DE Shaun Ellis
- LB Larry Izzo
- CB Marquice Cole
- S James Ihedigbo
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