The New York Jets have waived tight end Brian Linthicum, as announced by general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Brian Linthicum was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. Brian Linthicum brought nice size to the table but will not be joining the Jets for training camp at SUNY Cortland.
Brian Linthicum was seen by the New York Jets as a potential backup tight end. Brian Linthicum is 6-5, 245, and put up some decent receiving numbers at Michigan State. Linthicum transferred to Michigan State after one season at Clemson.
Brian Linthicum's attempt to make the Jets roster was severely hampered by a quadriceps injury. That injury forced him to miss Jets minicamp in June, a huge opportunity for the coaches to evaluate new players. With Brian Linthicum not on the field, he didn't have a chance to catch the eye of those making personnel decisions.
The Jets now have 87 players under contract. Behind Dustin Keller, the Jets have Jeff Cumberland and Hayden Smith at tight end. Jeff Cumberland is coming off an Achilles injury that ended his 2011 season and Hayden Smith is adjust to the NFL game. The Jets also have Josh Baker and Dedrick Epps, but Josh Baker fits in more as an H-back and Dedrick Epps is inexperienced. Don't be surprised if the Jets look to scoop up another tight end prior to training camp.
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