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CJ Uzomah, Tyler Conklin ready to wreak havoc with jets

The tight end position has been a black hole for the Jets for years. You have a feeling that’s about to change.

After the team signed CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin to free agency this week, there is optimism they now have one of the best tight end tandems in the league.

“I think that me and CJ will reverse the whole tight end if we’re not productive [for the Jets] thing,” Conklin said in a Zoom call with reporters on Friday. “As he said I think it’s going to be dirty. I think we will produce at a high level. I think we will have a lot of fun playing together. I think we’ll have fun off the pitch. I think it’s a really good situation.”

Conklin is ending a career year with the Vikings in 2021. He had 61 catches for 593 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. If you combine the stats that Conklin and Uzomah got up last year, they dwarf the production of the jets at the very end. Conklin and Uzomah combined for 110 receptions for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns. The Jets had 50 catches for 534 yards and three touchdowns on their tight ends last season.

Conklin, a 2018 fifth-round pick by the Vikings, said the duo can deal “unlimited” damage to the Jets together.

CJ Uzomah (87) of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates
CJ Uzomah thinks he and Tyler Conklin will form a “dirty” tight end duo.
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“I think that me and CJ can be one of the best, if not the best, tight end duo,” Conklin said. “I think we’re both really talented, we can both do a little bit of everything. He had a really good last year. I had a good year last year. I only met CJ yesterday but before that I’ve heard so many good things about him, whether it’s how present he is in the dressing room, how good he is on and off the field. I just think we can do a lot of damage on the field.”

Conkiln, 26, had only started six games in his first three seasons, but injuries saw him land a bigger role in 2021 in Minnesota. He started in 15 games and made the most of it. Conkiln said he’s used to waiting for his chance, having first played college basketball and then progressed to football in Central Michigan and learned to play tight end.

Minnesota Vikings Tyler Conklin (83) broke f
Tyler Conklin sees himself as part of one of the NFL’s finest tight end duos.
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“My career was kind of [me being] the underdog all along,” said Conklin. “Being a walk-on, being a basketball player, waiting my turn in college, waiting my turn in the NFL. I always knew what I could do. I just needed the opportunity and when it came I looked forward to it. I think it’s really just me scratching the surface of what I can do.”

The big season led to a big contract for Conklin. the jets gave him a three-year, $21 million contract. Conklin said he believes the Jets are going in the right direction and he’s looking forward to playing with quarterback Zach Wilson.

“After I left college, I really liked Zach,” Conklin said. “When I got into free agency, one of the big things I wanted was to be with a young quarterback. His arm talent, his mobility, all the things I’ve heard from players and coaches about him, how he approaches the game, it seemed to fit perfectly. I look forward to helping him with anything he needs to grow, whether it’s helping him in the locker room or on the field or that safety blanket, whatever it is. I’m just happy to be part of his growth.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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