The New York Jets signed Lawrence Cager as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He was a big and tall wide receiver prospect out of Georgia, coming off a career year in 2019. Cager was an intriguing rookie free agent with his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame. Now, he has made the move from wide receiver to tight end and has supposedly done a solid job in OTAs to this point.
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During his first four years of college, from 2015-18, Cager was at the University of Miami. He then transferred to the University of Georgia in 2019, where he posted career-highs in catches with 33 and receiving yards with 476 in only eight games played. Of his 78 catches in college, 14 went for touchdowns, nearly 20%. He also caught 14 touchdowns over 33 total games played, almost one every two games.
Cager then went on to sign with the Jets as an undrafted free agent. He spent his entire rookie year in 2020 with the team, bouncing back and forth between the active roster and practice squad. Cager spent 2021 with the Jets up until the end of training camp, when he was waived. He then signed with the Cleveland Browns, where he was on both the active roster and practice squad throughout the season.
Shortly after the 2021 regular season, Cager signed back with the Jets on a reserve/future contract. When he signed in January, it was announced he would be making the move from wide receiver to tight end.
2022 outlook for Cager
Considering his size, it makes sense why the position change would take place for Cager. He reportedly got bigger this offseason with his weight and muscle as he plays a more physical position. To this point, Cager has shown some promise at OTAs. Connor Hughes of The Athletic spoke highly of Cager on The Can’t Wait show. He stated that he has consistently made plays in the passing game each day. Hughes spoke on the fact that he is a tough matchup for linebackers and safeties with his receiver background.
Cager is still a young player who will turn 25 in August. If he continues to show growth at tight end, it will be interesting to see if Cager can compete to make the final roster as the fourth tight end.