FLORHAM PARK: It wasn't a matter of if, but when. With the Jets Jeff Cumberland out for the team's matchup Sunday with the Miami Dolphins, New York needed to add another tight end to the 53-man roster.
The only question was who that player would be. Thursday afternoon, it was revealed. The Jets announced via their official Twitter account that the team had promoted Wes Saxton to the active roster. The undrafted rookie takes the place of nose tackle Deon Simon, who was waived yesterday.
Simon cleared the waiver wire and subsequently took Saxton's spot on practice squad.
Saxton, 22, was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of South Alabama on May 2. He spent the offseason and training camp with New York, flashing multiple times with his ability as a pass catcher. During the preseason, Saxton played sparingly, finishing with four receptions for 27 yards.
In college, Saxton had his best season in 2013. Playing in 11 games his junior season, Saxton caught 50 passes for 635 yards. In his three-year collegiate career, Saxton caught 96 passes for 1,126 yards and a touchdown. Entering the NFL Draft, scouts viewed the 6-3, 248-pound target as a player that could potentially give defenses trouble on the next level as he was "too quick" for many linebackers. Many also noted he was "quick into his route," and was a tremendous "hands-catcher."
Where Saxton struggled, and the reason he went undrafted, was the fact he struggled mightily blocking, partially due to an inability to block defensive ends and stronger defensive players. With Saxton expected to see the field Sunday, it's unlikely he'll be asked to do much blocking. The Jets have Kellen Davis on the roster, a player who's made a name for himself as one of the better blocking tight ends in the NFL.