The New York Jets are looking to make an impression in 2015 under new head coach Todd Bowles.
And with some impressive signings having arrived at Gang Green alongside Bowles this offseason there is certainly a feeling of positivity around the franchise just now as players look to make an impression.
Unfortunately, one player's overeagerness to make an impact has cost a teammate not only his season, but his employment with the franchise after news today confirmed an ACL injury suffered in non-contact practice has led to Tight End Zach Sudfeld being cut.
The former New England Patriots man had been with the Jets for the past two season and, whilst a back up at his natural TE position, had been an excellent performer on special teams.
Unfortunately it was when collecting a red zone pass as a Tight End during a non-contact drill that he suffered the brutal knee injury courtesy of a hit from Calvin Pryor.
The injury occurred at the back end of last week and was immediately thought to be serious. Unfortunately for the three-year veteran that proved to be the case with the ACL tear diagnosis and, with no hope of appearing in 2015, the Jets have now waived him.
The ACL injury is the latest in a long line of set backs for the TE who underwent no less than six surgeries during his college days at Nevada before entering the NFL with the Patriots back in 2013.
With the cut throat nature of the NFL having now put his future in the league in major doubt it is probably safe to assume that Sudfeld does not have Pryor on his Christmas card list.
Todd Bowles revealed he plans to speak to those players who were leaving a little to much on hits during last week's sessions, but The New York Jets have already moved to replace Sudfeld.
Another former Patriot (and Chief/Bear) Steve Maneri has been picked up from free agency after the Jets missed out on grabbing Tim Wright from the waiver wire.
Jeff Cumberland is expected to continue as starting tight end, so long as the Jets secondary dial down their practice field plays before 2015 gets underway that is.