Tyler Conklin did not play in the Jets’ second preseason game against Atlanta on Monday night in New York’s 24-16 preseason win against the Falcons on Monday.
Conklin was one of many veterans that did not start for the Jets on Monday night. Conklin will start the year as the Jets' starting tight end after signing a free agent contract in the office season. Conklin is part of a revamped tight end room for the Jets also featuring C.J. Uzomah, the former Bengal, as well as rookie tight end out of The Ohio State University Jeremy Rucker, who caught a touchdown in the first preseason game. All three tight ends have the potential to score a touchdown on any given week and it remains to be seen until the regular season begins who will establish himself as the dominant tight end. However, the job is Conklin’s to lose as the Jets will start out playing the man they paid the big money to. Zach Wilson, or whoever is under center for the Jets this season, has a lot more talented toys at their disposal thanks to the Jets' off-season of free agent acquisitions and draft picks. Conklin plays a very shallow fantasy position as a tight end and will have to prove that he is worthy of a starting spot on fantasy teams. Fantasy managers should look to take Conklin as a backup to start the season.