Zack Kuntz compares himself to a participant on a divisional rival.
Kuntz, a seventh-round draft select by the Jets in closing week’s NFL draft, began his college occupation at Penn State sooner than transferring to Previous Dominion for his final two years of eligibility. So it’s pure Kuntz fashions his sport after former Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, who spent 5 seasons with the Dolphins sooner than signing with the Patriots this offseason.
“I’m aware of him by our roots at Penn State,” Kuntz talked about about Gesicki. “A few of the coaches that we had and the offenses that we slot in. Clearly, it’s a easy comparability for me.
“He’s an athletic freak, as all people is aware of. He’s a man that I sort of see as related.”
If Kuntz’s occupation mirrors one thing close to Gesicki’s, the Jets could have certainly one of many steals of the 2023 draft. In 5 seasons with the Dolphins, Gesicki caught 231 passes for 2,617 yards and 18 touchdowns. Gesicki parlayed that proper right into a one-year, $9 million contract with the Patriots.
Throughout his closing two seasons at Previous Dominion, Kuntz registered 85 catches for 836 yards and seven touchdowns.
Kuntz gained’t be requested to be an enormous contributor to the offense immediately. Gang Inexperienced already has Tyler Conklin, C. J. Uzomah and Jeremy Ruckert (who the group chosen inside the third spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft).
“My greatest factor is being beneath these guys right here quickly and getting a really feel for the room,” Kuntz talked about. “The issue about tight ends, various it’s cheering for one another and everybody appears to be in each other’s nook.
“I’m excited for the chance to study from these guys who’ve been doing it for some time, so that they in all probability discovered a factor or two. I’m the brand new man round right here, so I’m going to do every thing that I can to study.”
This weekend all through rookie minicamp, many drafted players watched to the facet whereas undrafted free brokers and players who had been there on a tryout ran 7-on-7 and positional drills. The Jets coaches merely wished to get players in management sooner than OTAs, which begin Might 22.
“You’re merely making an attempt to get them acclimated, one to the conditioning, so that they’re not falling out so early and subjecting themselves to break, nevertheless on the same time, there’s the meal plans, the nutritionist, the facility coach, the regen, the entire varied issues that will get thrown at them, along with the playbook.
“It might get overwhelming.”