|Zach Sudfeld photo courtesy of the New York Jets and NewYorkJets.com|
On NewYorkJets.com’s web show “On the Inside with Eric Allen” host Eric Allen declared Zach Sudfeld “player of the day” while interviewing the Jets tight end. We all remember Sudfeld from last years Patriot’s training camp where he looked like a the second coming of Rob Gronkowski, so much so, Sal Paolantonio of ESPN dubbed him “Baby Gronk”.
The 6’ 7”, 220 pound Sudfeld was undrafted out of the University of Nevada due to injuries and some fears about his strength. His work in the fairly complex Nevada offense let him flourish early during Patriot’s camp in 2013. After three regular season games with the Pats and a total of zero catches, he got hurt, got waived and the Jets signed him. For the Jets he went onto play in 11 games, catch five balls for a total of 65 yards and 0 touchdowns. “Baby Gronk” was hardly Gronk like.
For years we have watched players come into training camp, shine and then disappear. Remember the summer that Michael Bishop outshined a yet to prove himself Tom Brady? Or the summer Bam Childress looked like a young Deion Branch? We all add Sudfeld to the list last year after he was released. The Jets seem to think he will come back and bite us in the ass. I tend to think his college and now professional injury history speaks for itself.