Jeff Cumberland was listed as the starting TE on the first depth chart that the New York Jets released earlier this week. When being asked about his current starting position he stated that Rex Ryan has told him he needed to work harder and never for a minute think that he could afford a day off of practicing or working out. This was said after a training-camp that went to in the beginning of the week.
It seems that Cumberland has recently made some changes. He dropped 10 pounds, and claims that he is in the best shape that he has ever been in. At 6’4, 260 pounds, Cumberland has the perfect physique to be a TE. He believes that he can work the hardest to keep his position as a starter for this upcoming season.
In September of 2011, Cumberland tore his Achilles’ tendon. This really took a toll on his speed, but he has been working hard to gain it back. Cumberland ran a 4.4, which is extremely impressive. This was one of the main reasons that the Jets showed interest in him. Cumberland said in an interview that this was the hardest that he has ever worked in an offseason before. Rex Ryan also defended him by saying that he is noticing him gaining his speed back. Also, Ryan is seeing all of the hard work that Cumberland has been putting in.