Cumberland ready for breakout

August, 22, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The quarterback competition has overshadowed everything else on the team, including a nice preseason by TE Jeff Cumberland, who showed a vertical dimension by scoring on 26- and 23-yard touchdown receptions in the first two games. Cumberland, a former college wide receiver, is coming off his first full season at tight end and he's ready to make some noise.

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Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsJeff Cumberland had a slam-dunk training camp.
"I think will be a come-out year for me," he said. "I'm ready to go out and make some big-time plays and show what I've got this year."

Cumberland, who wound up playing a lot last year because of injuries to Dustin Keller, could thrive in OC Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense. Statistically, the Jets have one of the worst tight-end corps in the league.

"You're always going to have those people, those doubters out there that really don't know too much," Cumberland said. "I wouldn't expect too many people to know too much about me, being a free agent and I played receiver. But they'll find out soon enough who we are as a team."

ROSTER MOVES: In addition to signing WR Mohamed Massaquoi, the Jets waived TE Mike Shanahan and WR Titus Ryan, who had been on the reserve/left squad list.

HOT POTATO: Funny how neither Mornhinweg nor quarterbacks coach David Lee wanted to comment on Mark Sanchez's poor clock-management play at the end of the first half last week. Rex Ryan took the bullet, saying it was his fault they called a third-down play with six seconds left. Sanchez said it was his fault, saying he should've thrown it away before time expired.

Lee's take?

"I'll let Marty address that because he was involved directly with that," Lee said. "But, yeah, Mark lost count there of the downs in the situation for a second. Yeah, it wasn't pretty."

Marty?

Mornhinweg's take?

"Mark addressed that," he said simply.

All right, then ...

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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