Sudfeld, Salas are Jets diamonds in the rough

Zach Sudfeld and Greg Salas weren't exactly household names heading into this season, but both players have emerged as weapons in the passing game after injuries have taken their toll on the Jets' receiving unit.

The bye week is here as the New York Jets can relax and enjoy some time off this coming weekend finishing the first nine games with a 5-4 record that no one ever thought they would achieve with the offensive personal they have. Well once Marty Mornhinweg came to fill the offensive coordinator position that hasn't worked well for the last two seasons. But when you have a team that is slowly losing their weapons in the Wide Receiver and tight end positions you need to find a way to plug up some holes very badly. So with Santonio Holmes, Jeff Cumberland and now Jeremy Kerley on the shelf and Kellen Winslow the 2nd finishing up his P.E.D. Suspension, who do you call on to make plays? We start with the undrafted Tight End from Nevada in Zach Sudfeld who was originally signed in the pre-season by the New England Patriots and was cut before the season got started. Got into his first game action with the Jets in the loss to the Bengals in week 8 with 2 catches for a grand total of 10 yds. But in his next game against the Saints he had two catches out of four targets, but ate up a lot of yards for a grand total of 46. One play he caught a 25yd throw from Josh Cribbs during a Wild Cat play early in the 2nd quarter that led to a field goal, then he made a 21yd catch and run that led to a Geno Smith rushing touchdown at the Saints 3yd line. Greg Salas who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2011 and then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last year and was cut at the end of the 2013 Pre-Season. The Jets picked him up and getting his first game in with the club he has shown very quickly why he can be a dangerous weapon. A friend of mine who is an Eagles fan told me the Jets got a good hands receiver in Salas and that he should do well for the team. Did he ever do well for the Jets, as he made two big catches for a total of 57 yards. His first one was a 12yd catch & run for a first down as he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and exploded for the marker. His second catch and run went for 44yds as he once again caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and exploded away from the Saints Defense till he was forced out of bounds. When you have players that are not needed anymore and are below on the depth chart for certain teams, John Idzik has done a great job picking them up and allowing them to be a part of the team. Just like Chris Ivory who was a draft day trade and allowing him to explode in the AFC as well as earning over 130yds rushing against his old team, I think these two players can have a future for the jets if certain players are not returning or will go elsewhere in free agency. In short work I liked what I saw from both Salas & Sudfeld and hope they will get a bigger chance for the Jets.

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