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Monster weapon causes a stir at Jets Practice: report

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They say you should never judge a book by its cover.

Despite that warning, several people did just that when looking at the New York Jets roster this offseason. Now a certain player is making them pay for overlooking him.

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The Athletic’s Connor Hughes called tight end-turned Lawrence Cager the “true star” of the Jets OTAs this offseason.

He has worked exclusively with the third-team offense and that, according to Hughes, has contributed to his success in confronting the third-team defense.

However, his previous experience as a wide receiver makes him a nightmare when he comes up against slower linebackers and smaller members of the secondary in practice.

Hughes called him “clearly the most athletic player” the Jets have thanks to his broad background at the tight end position.

Last season, Cager checked in at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. When weighed again this offseason, Cager said he’s now 241 pounds and down to just 8 percent body fat.

The Green-Whites have completely flipped the tight end position this offseason by making three key additions:

Although two of these new toys in Uzomah and Ruckert struggled with minor injuries. With these two, that opened the door of opportunity, and Cager took full advantage of it.

According to Hughes, Cager is someone who has “made a splash” on his occasions and has made a consistent impression in every practice session by catching two or three balls every day.

If Cager had made that transition and been somewhere in the Jets roster over the past decade, he likely could have been the tight end starter due to the lack of options over the years.

However, this is not the case, instead in 2022 he is in the middle of one of the deepest position groups on the Gang Green list.

“Cager’s chances of making the 53-man squad depend on his blocking ability,” said The Athletic’s Connor Hughes. “He didn’t have to do that throughout the OTAs because it was a transit camp – literally no run on the team or in the red zone period. He’ll be a fun player this summer because if he can hold his own there he could be a dark horse to make the team.”

On the Can’t Wait podcast, Hughes called Cager a “longshot” to make the last 53, but there’s a chance he can oust Trevon Wesco for that last spot in the tight end rotation if he gets some showing blocking skills.

Cager has always been an intriguing talent, originally joining the Jets in 2020 as an undrafted free agent. In two seasons, he has only played in three games total and caught two receptions for 35 yards.

This lack of success forced him to switch positions early on to keep his NFL career alive. Now it looks like the desperation switch at the ripe age of 24 (he will be 25 by the start of the 2022 season) could lead to a renaissance.

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On the Can’t Wait podcast, Hughes called Cager a “longshot” to make the last 53, but there’s a chance he can oust Trevon Wesco for that last spot in the tight end rotation if he gets some showing blocking skills.



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