As the New York Jets continue to build around QB Zach Wilson, TE Tyler Conklin appears to be "separating himself" as the go-to tight end for the second-year starter, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic. (Connor Hughes, The Athletic)
The Jets threw multiple darts at the dart board in the 2022 NFL offseason, signing both Conklin and TE C.J. Uzomah to deals and drafting rookie TE Jeremy Ruckert. But while the other two have missed time with injuries, Conklin has been building his rapport with Wilson, according to Hughes. Last season in Minnesota, Conklin put up career-high numbers with 593 yards, 61 catches and three touchdowns. According to FantasyPros, Conklin's average draft position is TE33, nine spots behind Uzomah. The tight end room is wide open in New York for anyone to take, but the Jets' offense will most likely not be potent enough to sustain a TE1. However, Wilson has been "looking to" Conklin in the red zone, providing interesting upside should he emerge with the starting role.