Zack Kuntz compares himself to a participant on a divisional rival.
Kuntz, a seventh-round draft choose by the Jets in final week’s NFL draft, started his school profession at Penn State earlier than transferring to Old Dominion for his ultimate two years of eligibility. So it’s pure Kuntz fashions his sport after former Penn State tight finish Mike Gesicki, who spent 5 seasons with the Dolphins earlier than signing with the Patriots this offseason.
“I’m familiar with him through our roots at Penn State,” Kuntz mentioned about Gesicki. “Some of the coaches that we had and the offenses that we slot in. Obviously, it’s a simple comparability for me.
“He’s an athletic freak, as everybody knows. He’s a guy that I kind of see as similar.”
If Kuntz’s profession mirrors something near Gesicki’s, the Jets may have one of many steals of the 2023 draft. In 5 seasons with the Dolphins, Gesicki caught 231 passes for two,617 yards and 18 touchdowns. Gesicki parlayed that right into a one-year, $9 million contract with the Patriots.
During his final two seasons at Old Dominion, Kuntz registered 85 catches for 836 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Kuntz gained’t be requested to be a big contributor to the offense instantly. Gang Green already has Tyler Conklin, C. J. Uzomah and Jeremy Ruckert (who the group chosen within the third spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft).
“My biggest thing is being underneath those guys here soon and getting a feel for the room,” Kuntz mentioned. “The factor about tight ends, quite a lot of it’s cheering for each other and everyone seems to be in one another’s nook.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to learn from those guys who have been doing it for a while, so they probably learned a thing or two. I’m the new guy around here, so I’m going to do everything that I can to learn.”
This weekend throughout rookie minicamp, many drafted gamers watched to the aspect whereas undrafted free brokers and gamers who had been there on a tryout ran 7-on-7 and positional drills. The Jets coaches simply wished to get gamers in control earlier than OTAs, which start May 22.
“You’re simply attempting to get them acclimated, one to the conditioning, in order that they’re not falling out so early and subjecting themselves to damage, however on the similar time, there’s the meal plans, the nutritionist, the power coach, the regen, all of the various things that may get thrown at them, together with the playbook.
“It can get overwhelming.”