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$24M Weapons Set Returns Against Bengals Amid Injury Woes

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The New York Jets will get a nice boost ahead of their Week 3 home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to team reporter Ethan GreenbergHis tight end CJ Uzomah will be “full of participants” in Friday practice and is expected to play on Sunday.

Last week the veteran appeared on injury report with a hamstring problem and had to miss the Week 2 road trip against the Cleveland Browns.

Things looked bleak at the start of the week with Uzomah making limited appearances in both Wednesday and Thursday training sessions, but Friday saw a turnaround.

Technically, Uzomah made his home debut in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, it was uneventful, to say the least.

He played in 23 offensive snaps but didn’t register any meaningful stats. Then Uzomah missed week 2.

Back during free agency, Gang Green signed the big man to a hefty three-year deal for $24 million, but they haven’t seen a return on their initial investment yet.

Ironically, that is set to change this week against Uzomah’s former team, the Bengals.

The former Auburn product is a Cincinnati lifer who was originally drafted by the Bengals in 2015 and spent his first seven seasons in Ohio.

Last offseason, he shook himself free on the open market and the Jets took full advantage.

Although acc Mike Grafolo of the NFL Network, the Bengals tried at the last second to convince him to give up the Jets contract he had signed to return to Cincinnati.

Uzomah has yet to make an impact and his accomplice Tyler Conklin for all the wrong reasons.

The former Minnesota Vikings stud has played 96 percent of offensive snaps in his first two games. With those opportunities, he caught 10 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, which is nice. What’s not nice is his two fumbles so far this season.

Thankfully the Jets regained those two loose balls, but a tight fumble at the end is always a problem, but doubling down on games is seriously alarming.

The good news is Conklin has taken taking full responsibility for his problems and saying, “I’ll fix that.”

The Jets made the rare decision to double the free hand with a total investment of $45 million at the tight end.

Uzomah got $24 million first, then the Jets dropped another $21 million on Conklin.

Gang Green made this move on purpose because the tight end’s position is said to be super critical to how the offense functions under Mike LaFleur. I say supposedly because they didn’t have the horses last year and this year wasn’t a good execution.

However, there is a palpable buzz around Conklin that he could be a star in the making. Don’t count out Uzomah either, who will be super motivated to take on his old team on Sunday and show them what they’re missing.

The Jets made the rare decision to double the free hand with a total investment of $45 million at the tight end.

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