Jets address TE deficiency, claim Will Tye on waivers

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Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan (47) tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets announced on Sunday that they claimed TE, Will Tye on waivers from the New York Giants.


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Tye, who was waived by the Giants on Saturday, will hope to fill the gaping hole at tight end on the Jets’ roster.

According to the New York Post, the 25-year-old started 10 games and caught 48 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown last season for the G-Men.

The Jets are currently without their No.1 TE, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who will be suspended the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Counterparts Jordan Leggett and Eric Tomlinson find themselves dealing with injury, opening the doors for Tye to come in and be the starter.

The Jets have been criticized over the years for under-utilizing the tight end position. Last year, Jets tight ends accounted for just 18 receptions, 173 yards and zero touchdowns, which ranked last in the NFL.

Tye should not only help expand the Jets lacking receving corps, but he should also be useful in blocking situations. His 6’3″, 260 lb frame should give QB, Josh McCown an extra piece of protection from the rush.

The acquisition of Tye speaks loudly to the Maccagnan’s claim that the team would be “very active” on the waiver wire.

In addition to Tye, the Jets claimed wide receivers Kalif Raymond and Damore’ea Stringfellow from the Broncos and Dolphins, respectively, and linebacker Edmond Robinson from the Vikings.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on

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