In a new occasional feature, we're going to briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an impact at camp. Today, we focus on Neal Sterling.
What he did:
Sterling had led the Jets with four catches in the preseason opener only to then limp off with an ankle injury which caused him to miss a week of practice and the next preseason game. He's back now and had one of his best practices of the camp yesterday:
Neal Sterling popping early. McCown hits him on first play of team and then 85 gets free down the sideline and hauls in a Darnold long ball. #JetsCamp— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) August 19, 2018
Sterling with a nice sliding grab on a Bridgewater throw— Sean Collins-Cruz (@seancc317) August 19, 2018
Where he came from:
Sterling was a wide receiver at Monmouth and the Jags drafted him in the seventh round in 2015. After he had spent some time on the practice squad, he played nine games on special teams as a rookie. Then they converted him to tight end and he caught 12 passes in 2016.
The Jets claimed Sterling off waivers at the end of preseason last year. He played 11 games, but only caught one pass in the first 10. However, he stepped up with five catches for 74 yards in the season finale - the highest yardage total by a Jets tight end since Jeff Cumberland had three catches for 79 yards in a game against the Falcons in October 2013.
All five tight ends seem to be making plays in camp - although that might just be because the standard of quarterback play has been higher than we're used to.
They've missed a lot of time between them too, so it might just end up coming down to whoever's healthy when the time comes to pick the best three or four.
If Sterling keeps making plays in camp and in preseason, he definitely has a chance to make the Jets' roster or get claimed by another team. It's important to note that neither Sterling nor Clive Walford are practice squad eligible, though.
More on Sterling:
Here's our in-depth scouting report on Sterling.