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Jets claim Zach Sudfeld off waivers from Patriots

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From Curtis Martin and Ty Law to Danny Woodhead and Tim Tebow, there’s a long history of players making a move from one side of the Patriots-Jets rivalry to the other.

It got a little longer on Friday when the Jets claimed tight end Zach Sudfeld off of waivers from the Patriots. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Sudfeld, who was waived on Thursday when the Patriots signed wide receiver Austin Collie, is changing addresses in the AFC East.

Sudfeld made the Patriots as an undrafted free agent this summer and drew a lot of positive notices during training camp and the preseason as he got a lot of reps with an offense looking to fill the holes left by Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. He didn’t have a catch in three regular season games, though, and his playing time steadily diminished.

The Jets probably aren’t just trying to tweak the Patriots. There was enough promise in those early performances to merit a look and the Jets are definitely in need of guys with pass catching skills. Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow see the bulk of the time at the position, but Winslow’s injury history makes him a question mark in terms of making it through the entire season.

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29 Responses to “Jets claim Zach Sudfeld off waivers from Patriots”
  1. colonelcamp says: Oct 4, 2013 4:50 PM

    I like this move.

  2. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2013 4:52 PM

    The Jets coaches already know the Patriot system better than Sudfeld ever did, before anyone trots out that lame crap.

  3. aljack88 says: Oct 4, 2013 4:56 PM

    “Jets are definitely in need of guys with pass catching skills”

    What exactly do they see in Sudfeld’s skill set that makes them think he can hold unto the ball during a real game?

  4. green41563 says: Oct 4, 2013 5:04 PM

    What’s the skinny on this guy?

  5. trollaikman8 says: Oct 4, 2013 5:05 PM

    “The Jets coaches already know the Patriot system better than Sudfeld ever did, before anyone trots out that lame crap.”

    Videotaping the opponents practices?

  6. multiplemiggs says: Oct 4, 2013 5:20 PM

    great move

  7. patriotenvy says: Oct 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    @green – Exactly as the 3rd paragraph said -He looked good in training camp and pre season and had people talking that he maybe a sleeper (undrafted), but not so good in reagular season. He pulled a hammy in week 1 also.

  8. cliverush says: Oct 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    If this player’s short history in the NFL is an indication of what a team can expect from pre season play then don’t count on much info from that. He looked great up to the point when it counted, then he could not block, get separation, catch the ball or play special teams properly. Such hope followed by disappointment for all Pats fans. If the Jets are this hard up then, it’s a good thing.

  9. mataug says: Oct 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    Surprised that nobody’s mentioned that the Pats will be visiting the Jets in 2 weeks’ time

  10. brocattosbasement says: Oct 4, 2013 5:33 PM

    Probably didn’t help Sudfeld’s cause when he whiffed on that onsides kick recovery.

  11. strokinmyego says: Oct 4, 2013 5:36 PM

    A few years ago the Bills and Dolphins claimed two rookie tight ends from the Patriots off waivers named Lee Smith and Will Yeatman, similar to Zach Sudfeld they were impressive in the preseason. Neither of them ever did anything in the NFL.

    Sudfeld is an undrafted rookie. He’s not going to help out that much. Thompkins is and always was the real gem of the Patriots’ rookie free agent class.

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 4, 2013 5:39 PM

    Bernie Goetz was a patriot before being traded to New York.

  13. bleedrangerblue says: Oct 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    Where’s Spadola??

  14. luthierjr says: Oct 4, 2013 7:09 PM

    Sudfelds weeks just gets worse. He muffs an onside kick, gets cut by the Pats, and now he has hit rock bottom and has to play for the Jest.

    Sorry Zach.

  15. denverwally says: Oct 4, 2013 7:17 PM

    Brady could tell the JESTS the call before each play and those green bums still couldn’t stop the Pats.

  16. mtrhead269 says: Oct 4, 2013 7:34 PM

    Jets have a very weak TE crop. They are just churning the waiver wire looking for something. Zack was a marginal player here at Nevada, did nothing in NE. Just a shot in the dark. Who knows it might work.

  17. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2013 7:39 PM

    Videotaping the opponents practices?

    The adults are trying to have a conversation here, son.

  18. itsmammoth says: Oct 4, 2013 7:59 PM

    Perfect place to be with a chip on your shoulder.

    Not a fan of either team, but I like this move a lot. Makes me motivated just thinking about it.

  19. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 4, 2013 8:49 PM

    The Jets now have so much more in common with the Vikings. Just pick up mediocre players that teams in your division got rid of. Let me know how it works out for you.

  20. tedmurph says: Oct 4, 2013 8:58 PM

    Sudfeld showed some preseason promise, which was magnified because he was an UFA and Gronk and Hernandez were unavailable. Had hope for this guy, but he was overwhelmed in the reg season. Not strong enough in blocking game. Touched the ball 3x this season, all resulting in turnovers, last one being on the hands team during ATL onside kick. Wish him the best, wish he could have landed on the practice squad, but the jets have done this before. They play the Pats in 2 wks. Did a similar thing w/O’Connell and a few others. Won’t help them. They need a QB.

    Wild prediction BRoethlisberger ends up in NY next yr.

  21. petehemlock says: Oct 4, 2013 11:48 PM

    Saw this guy somewhere… The hype on his measurables misses the slack of his NFL pants around his ass and hips. The dude needs to bulk and tighten up. He’s not a NFL player. Mmmmwaaahhh

  22. tigerlilac says: Oct 5, 2013 4:00 AM

    Not a bad move by the Jets but it still reeks of Rex and the Jets organization as a whole being preoccupied with the Patriots. The kid is hurt and really needs to be on a practice squad, not a game day roster. The biggest near term benefit is that it tweaks Belichick’s MO of putting (bottom-off-the-roster) guys on and off the roster while exposing them to waivers. This lets him effectively play the game with a larger roster than the rest of the league with a special emphasis on special teams. Part of Belichick’s genius is that he takes advantage of a number of small advantages (e.g., a almost maniacal emphasis on situational football) that others coaches don’t. Those add up.

  23. tigerlilac says: Oct 5, 2013 4:14 AM

    A few years back, when Randy Moss was waived, the Tennessee Titans, and coach Jeff Fisher, were the only team to put in a claim for him even though they had a losing record, didn’t use him, and the cost made no sense. Why? Fisher didn’t want him signing with Belichick after clearing waivers, which is where Randy wanted to go. Fisher was humiliated by Belichick, 59 -0 in 2009, as payback for prior year cheap shots Fisher’s players took against the Patriots (if I recall correctly, it was Ty Law who was hurt in a prior Titans game). Fisher never admitted it but that was his real reason for picking up Moss. Waiver wire pickups are often not about the actual player.

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 5, 2013 10:39 AM

    mataug says:

    Surprised that nobody’s mentioned that the Pats will be visiting the Jets in 2 weeks’ time
    _______________________

    So he has no idea what the Pats game plan against the Jets will be this time. Just far enough away so it won’t have any significant impact in that respect.

    I was really hoping he’d clear waivers and the Pats would put him on the practice squad.

  25. atxpatfan says: Oct 5, 2013 10:55 AM

    He showed some flashes in the preseason but was completely and totally LOST once the real games started. I doubt he’ll help the Jets very much if at all.

    However, Rex Ryan will probably make him a Captain and send him out for the coin toss.

  26. atxpatfan says: Oct 5, 2013 11:02 AM

    tigerlilac says: Oct 5, 2013 4:14 AM

    A few years back, when Randy Moss was waived, the Tennessee Titans, and coach Jeff Fisher, were the only team to put in a claim for him even though they had a losing record, didn’t use him, and the cost made no sense. Why? Fisher didn’t want him signing with Belichick after clearing waivers, which is where Randy wanted to go. Fisher was humiliated by Belichick, 59 -0 in 2009, as payback for prior year cheap shots Fisher’s players took against the Patriots (if I recall correctly, it was Ty Law who was hurt in a prior Titans game). Fisher never admitted it but that was his real reason for picking up Moss. Waiver wire pickups are often not about the actual player.
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    Huh? What are you even talking about?

    The Pats had JUST released Moss a few weeks before . Then he went to the Vikings, caused more headaches there, quickly got released…and only THEN was picked up by TN.

    So are you suggesting Jeff Fisher would use a roster spot to get revenge on the Patriots by getting a player they had literally just dismissed and had no intention of EVER bringing back?

  27. atxpatfan says: Oct 5, 2013 11:05 AM

    tigerlilac says: Oct 5, 2013 4:00 AM

    Not a bad move by the Jets but it still reeks of Rex and the Jets organization as a whole being preoccupied with the Patriots. The kid is hurt and really needs to be on a practice squad, not a game day roster. The biggest near term benefit is that it tweaks Belichick’s MO of putting (bottom-off-the-roster) guys on and off the roster while exposing them to waivers. This lets him effectively play the game with a larger roster than the rest of the league with a special emphasis on special teams. Part of Belichick’s genius is that he takes advantage of a number of small advantages (e.g., a almost maniacal emphasis on situational football) that others coaches don’t. Those add up.
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    Every team/coach moves players back and forth from the active roster to the practice squad and every team claims players off waivers based on need. I agree…Bill is a great coach but he’s not doing anything extraordinary there.

  28. atxpatfan says: Oct 5, 2013 11:09 AM

    mtrhead269 says: Oct 4, 2013 7:34 PM

    Jets have a very weak TE crop. They are just churning the waiver wire looking for something. Zack was a marginal player here at Nevada, did nothing in NE. Just a shot in the dark. Who knows it might work.
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    He’s got the height and catches the ball well but seems a little weak. Wasn’t great at blocking and got manhandled by NFL LB’s once the games started.

    That said, I hope he makes it – don’t like the Jets but can’t wish bad on a guy fighting for his dream.

  29. scalfor3 says: Oct 5, 2013 12:35 PM

    Kid needs a year in the weight room to get his blocking up to par, but he has real potential as a receiving TE. There aren’t many guys who are 6’7″ and athletic with his catch radius.

    I know the last four weeks have been very hard to watch, but I’m not a believer in giving up on a talented project after four games, especially with a number of guys (Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas) tearing up the league after essentially getting a red shirt rookie year.

    This Jets team is desperate for someone to step up and become a playmaker. Sudfeld has that potential and the Pats practically gave him to them. Rare bad move from Belichick.

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