Pociask helps his cause

It's been a long year for tight end/fullback Jason Pociask.

A fifth round selection in the 2006 draft, Pociask's rookie season came to a premature end when a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve, before the season began.

Twelve months later, Pociask is back on the field and was one of the lone Jets bright spot during Friday night's sloppy loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Pociask caught three balls for 35 yards, including an athletic fourth quarter touchdown from Marques Tuiasosopo.

"I was lucky enough to get in the end zone with a good ball from Tui [Tuiasosopo]" Pociask said. "Like I said though, none of that matters unless we get a W."

The solid play of Pociask was a welcomed surprise to the Jets. Having spent over a year sidelined by the shoulder injury, the second year tight end is working hard to shake off the rust, and regain his confidence.

"Every time I get out there hopefully I feel more comfortable" Pociask said after the game. "Getting that game time experience is good, but obviously this is a different level, a level I haven't had the chance to play at because of my situation last year."

Aside from his work in the passing game, Pociask had a solid night blocking. The Jets currently have five tight ends on the roster, and given James Dearth's versatility as a long snapper, Pociask needs a big camp to convince the Jets to keep four players at his natural position. Dearth, Chris Baker and Sean Ryan are locks to make the team.

One factor that could help the former Wisconsin Badger's cause is his ability to play various positions. Brian Schottenheimer has been known to motion his tight end's into the fullback position, and Pociask's ability to also play fullback, will be a key component to the team's decision.

It's up to Pociask to have two more good preseason games to force the Jets hand.

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