TE Jeff Cumberland, Free agent
HT: 6-4, WT: 255, Born: 5-2-1987, College: Illinois, Drafted: ---
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Cumberland is a solid all-around tight end who blocks more than he catches. The Jets are expecting more from him this year, but brought in rookie Jace Amaro as well. Amaro is a much bigger receiving threat but the Jets have talked about using some two tight end sets so Cumberland might see some action anyway. Ultimately though, he is likely to be no more than a TE2 or TE3 who can fill in on a bye week.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 3 - Jeff Cumberland has primarily served as a blocker, but was asked to run a few routes against Buffalo’s suspect secondary. Early in the third quarter, Cumberland ran a deep seam route for an 18-yard gain. Smith dropped the ball behind the inside linebacker for the big gain. Outside of this reception, Cumberland served as a safety valve, check down option for Smith. Kellen Winslow only had one target, so tight end production may be inconsistent on a week-to-week basis.
Week 4 - Jeff Cumberland primarily served as a blocker, but began running routes during the second half. Cumberland’s touchdown occurred on a deep seam route where Smith fit the pass in a tight window. Cumberland stiff-armed Bernard Pollard and ran an additional 15 yards for the touchdown.
Week 5 - Another week, another touchdown for Jeff Cumberland. Early in the 2nd quarter on a 3rd-and-11 from Atlanta’s 20-yard line, Smith threw an absolute bullet to Jeff Cumberland for a 20-yard touchdown. Cumberland ran a post route and won inside position against the linebacker. Smith delivered the ball above the linebacker’s outstretched hand and in a spot where only Cumberland could make a play. Cumberland created a mismatch against Atlanta’s inside linebackers, which was very telling. Tight ends abuse Atlanta’s pass coverage, so New York put an emphasis on using Cumberland early and often. Early in the 1st quarter, Smith completed a 3rd-and-8 pass to Cumberland on a slant route for a 12-yard gain. Right before halftime, Cumberland had his biggest play on the season, yardage wise, as he caught a post route and ran down the seam for a 47-yard gain.
Week 6 - Cumberland continues to make plays when Geno Smith needs him. On a 1st-and-10 play from Pittsburgh’s 11-yard line, Smith found Cumberland over the middle for a 7-yard gain. Cumberland attempted to wiggle away from Lawrence Timmons’ tackle, but was unable to get away. During the 3rd quarter, Cumberland beat Ryan Clark down the seam for a 29-yard gain. Cumberland’s final two receptions occurred during the fourth quarter as Cumberland found soft spots in zone coverage. Cumberland continues to terrorize safeties over the middle of the field. Given Kellen Winslow’s four game suspension, expect Cumberland to be heavily involved in the game plan.
Week 7 - Jeff Cumberland started the game with a big play, but New England quickly adjusted and took him away. Geno Smith found Cumberland deep down the right sideline for a 25-yard gain to start the game. Cumberland displayed crisp route running and soft hands as he made the reception over the linebacker. Due to New England’s pressure, Cumberland saw half of his targets sail out of bounds. Many were hoping for Cumberland to build upon his strong showings, but New England made adjustments and took him away with physical play at the line of scrimmage.
Week 8 - For the second straight week, the opposition has taken away Cumberland. Cumberland saw just two targets and was closely defended in man coverage. Cumberland’s lone reception occurred during the second quarter where he ran a seam route on a 3rd-and-1 and secured a 9-yard gain.
Week 11 - Jeff Cumberland started and appeared in his first game since Week 8. Geno Smith targeted Cumberland just two times during his three quarters of play, which was extremely surprising. Cumberland became Smith’s favorite target early in the season, so his lack of targets was surprising. Cumberland was targeted on one of Smith’s interceptions, but Smith did not look off Jarius Byrd as he tried to find Cumberland on a seam route. Cumberland secured two of his three receptions with Matt Simms at quarterback, including a 13-yard touchdown on a post route. Kellen Winslow returned from his suspension, but only secured one catch.
Week 12 - Midway through the third quarter, Cumberland ran a quick out-route and secure a short 9-yard gain.
Week 13 - Once again, Jeff Cumberland was targeted on a limited basis. Early in the first quarter, Cumberland caught a quick out-route for a six-yard gain. Early in the season, Cumberland was one of Geno Smith’s favorite targets. However, Smith’s shortcomings have led to less production for Cumberland.
Week 15 - For the first time in weeks, Jeff Cumberland made several big plays. Mid-way through the third quarter, Cumberland completed a 35-yard catch-and-run to put New York in Carolina territory. Cumberland beat Luke Kuechly down the seam and used his athleticism to create yards after the catch. Late in the fourth quarter, Cumberland ran a quick slant route and secured a 8-yard touchdown. Throughout this season, Cumberland and Smith have connected for several big plays. Cumberland has dealt with injuries during the last few weeks so his production has been sporadic. Today’s performance seems to indicate those injury issues are behind him.
Week 16 - Alike Jeremy Kerley, Jeff Cumberland has been one of Geno Smith’s favorite targets on third down. Late in the second quarter, Cumberland converted a 3rd-and-3 opportunity by running down the seam and securing a 12-yard gain. Late in third quarter, Cumberland ran a deep post route and secured an 18-yard gain to put his team in Cleveland’s territory.
Week 17 - Midway through the fourth quarter, Jeff Cumberland ran a deep seam route and caught a 30-yard pass from Bilal Powell out of the Wildcat formation. During 2013, Cumberland led the team with four receiving touchdowns.