The Jets have announced the rumored Xavier Cooper signing and the corresponding move:
This ends a disappointing rookie season for Leggett who looked like a potential steal in the fifth round and seemed certain to get plenty of playing time with the Jets' tight ends having been so unproductive over the past few years.
Instead, he couldn't seem to shake off a troublesome knee injury and never got to make his NFL debut. He was active for one game but did not get on the field, having caught five passes for 64 yards in preseason.
Earlier in the season, the Jets had injuries and suspensions at the position which would have been a great opportunity for Leggett to get his feet wet had he not also been hurt. Players like Will Tye and Neal Sterling had to fill in but since Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Eric Tomlinson got back in the line-up, the tight end position has been solid compared with recent seasons.
Leggett caught 86 passes including 15 touchdowns as one of Deshaun Watson's favorite targets over the past two seasons at Clemson. He'll now have to wait until next year to prove he can produce at the NFL level.