Playing-time analysis: TE/OL

January, 7, 2013
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Continuing our look back at the season, let's break down the snap counts for the Jets' offensive line and tight ends (based on a total of 1,076 offensive snaps):

TIGHT END

Jeff Cumberland -- 594 snaps/55 percent

Dustin Keller -- 406 snaps/38 percent

Konrad Reuland -- 380 snaps/35 percent

Jason Smith (jumbo TE) -- 258 snaps/24 percent

Dedrick Epps -- 27 snaps/3 percent

Hayden Smith -- 16 snaps/1 percent

Analysis: This position was crushed by injuries, going back to the preseason. H-Back Josh Baker was a shoo-in to make the team, but he blew out his knee. Keller missed eight games and never found his stride, putting too much burden on Cumberland, who was in over his head at times ... Reuland became a jack-of-all-trades player, filling in at fullback and H-Back ... Kudos to Hayden Smith, who left his career as a professional rugby player and managed to sneak into a few games. Obviously, he was a beneficiary of the injuries ... After arriving with fanfare, mostly because he was swapped for Wayne Hunter, Jason Smith became a guy just passing through.

OFFENSIVE LINE

D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- 1,076 snaps/100 percent

Austin Howard -- 1,075 snaps/99.9 percent

Nick Mangold -- 1,068 snaps/99 percent

Brandon Moore -- 1,065 snaps/99 percent

Matt Slauson -- 822 snaps/76 percent

Vladimir Ducasse -- 272 snaps/25 percent

Analysis: The Jets were extraordinarily lucky, as none of their starting linemen missed a game. Ferguson deserves a gold star for durability, the only player on the team to play in every snap ... You can't help but be impressed with Howard, an unknown, bottom-of-the-roster player only one year ago. Is he the answer? Maybe, maybe not, but he developed a lot in one year ... I agree with offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo on one thing (and, no, it's treatment of the media): The left-guard platoon was for the birds. They should've stayed with Slauson the whole time.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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