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Jets cut ties with Schum, Claim TE Lynch

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By Glenn Naughton

 

Earlier today, the Jets released back-up punter Jacob Schum and have since claimed tight end Arthur Lynch.

Lynch, a 6′ 4” 254 lb Georgia product was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 5th round of the 2014 draft after racking up 56 receptions for 907 yards and 8 touchdowns in four seasons at Georgia.

Lynch’s scouting report per NFL.com reads:

OVERVIEW

Highly recruited TE/DE who migrated from Massachusetts. As a true freshman in 2009, appeared in 11 games (one start) and recorded two catches for 17 yards (8.5-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Was redshirted in ’10 in order to preserve a year of eligibility. Was used exclusively as a blocker in ’11 when he played all 14 games (one start). Started 13-of-14 games in ’12 and contributed 24-431-3 (18.0). Started 11-of-12 games in ’13 and caught 30-459-5 (15.3). Bruised his ribs against Florida and sat out against Appalachian State. Team captain.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Good size. Functional short-to-intermediate target. Can adjust to throws and extend to catch. Strong and competitive after the catch. Willing to engage and compete as an in-line blocker. Has special-teams experience. Hardworking and football smart. Tough and durable.

WEAKNESSES

Needs to develop more finishing strength — not yet ready to match physically 1-on-1 with NFL defensive ends. Can improve his base and leverage. Average quickness off the line. Pedestrian foot speed. Tight hips. Unsudden — cannot separate. Shaky hands (too many drops). Needs to improve his route running. Straight-linish after the catch. Thinks he’s better than he is. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Round 7-Priority free agent

BOTTOM LINE

Big, competitive, inconsistent tight end lacking special traits for the NFL game. Will have to dedicate himself as a blocker to have a chance to stick as a No. 3

Lynch becomes the sixth TE on the 90-man roster.

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.