Just how successful were the Jets when Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland and Matt Mulligan were on the field together?
Well, the Jets have run 18 plays this season with three tight ends on the field and gained 95 yards, an average of 5.3 yards per play, according to numbers obtained from ESPN Stats & Info.
The Jets have struggled to run the ball with three tight ends on the field, gaining just 2.2 yards per carry on nine attempts. However, in throwing the ball nine times they’ve gained 75 yards, an average of 8.3 yards per attempt.
The Jets have been most successful running the ball using two tight ends, where they’ve gained an average of 4.8 yards per carry. As far as the passing game is concerned, they’ve also been at their best in single tight end formations (8.3 yards per attempt).
Here’s an overall breakdown (tight ends on field):
0TE: 9 plays, 36 yards, 4.0 yards per play
1TE: 133 plays, 791 yards, 5.9 yards per play
2TE: 33 plays, 160 yards, 4.8 yards per play
3TE: 18 plays, 95 yards 5.3 yards per play
0TE: 3 rush, -1 yards, -0.3 yards per play, 1 TD
1TE: 43 rush, 141 yards, 3.3 yards per play, 0 TD
2TE: 18 rush, 86 yards, 4.8 yards per play. 0 TD
3TE: 9 rush, 20 yards, 2.2 yards per play, 1 TD
0TE: 6 att., 37 yards, 6.2 yards per play, 0 TD, 0 Sacks
1TE: 83 att., 686 yards, 8.3 yards per play, 4 TD, 7 Sacks
2TE: 13 att., 88 yards, 6.8 yards per play, 1 TD, 2 Sacks
3TE: 9 att., 75 yards, 8.3 yards per play, 1 TD, 0 Sacks
Analysis: The Jets reportedly promoted hybrid FB/TE Josh Baker to the practice squad to replace Cumberland, who was lost for the season due to a torn right Achilles'. Rex Ryan says the team is looking for tight ends. Asked about the three tight-end package, Ryan said the team may limit its usage or insert a tackle. Inserting a tackle might be best to help the 2.2 yards per carry average, but obviously having Cumberland's pass catching skills (2 rec. 35 yards) helped out that part of the offense.