New York Jets: TE Kenny Yeboah to make NFL debut on Sunday

New York Jets

The New York Jets’ undrafted rookie, who will sub in for the injured Tyler Kroft, became a preseason folk hero last summer.

A New York Jets summer hero is about to make his autumn debut.

Tight end Kenny Yeboah will partake in his first NFL regular season game on Sunday as the Jets battle the Atlanta Falcons in London (9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network). Yeboah, an undrafted free agent out of Temple and Mississippi, is perhaps best known as the recipient of a 50-yard Hail Mary at the end of the Jets’ preseason finale against Philadelphia in August. It capped off an evening that saw Yeboah earned 100 yards on four receptions, half of which went for touchdowns.

Yeboah’s debut comes in the absence of primary tight end Tyler Kroft, who is out for Sunday’s contest with a back injury. Safeties Marcus Maye and Adrian Colbert are out with concussions, as is receiver Jeff Smith.

The Jets (1-3) face off against an Atlanta team that will be missing several primary contributors. Top receiver Calvin Ridley is missing the game due to personal reasons as will fellow catcher Russell Gage and defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, each of whom are dealing with ankle issues.

While Ridley (1,374 receiving yards in 2020) is a major part of Atlanta’s attack, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that his absence won’t make a difference in the metropolitan defensive game plan.

“We may see some different personnel groupings, (but it) doesn’t really affect our game plan, it came in so late,” Saleh said, per notes from the Jets. “Ridley is a heck of a football player. But at the same time, they’ve still got a lot of weapons with (running back/receiver) Cordarrelle Patterson, he’s rejuvenated, (quarterback) Matt Ryan can get the ball to anyone. Their draft pick, (tight end) Kyle Pitts, is pretty freaking good. It’s a challenge, they got a lot of weapons over there.”

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New York Giants: Joe Judge At Auburn Pro Day Amid Derrick Brown Speculation

New York Giants, Derrick Brown

It would be a controversial move if the New York Giants took Auburn’s Derrick Brown in the 2020 NFL Draft, increasing Dave Gettleman’s record of taking tackles and passing on a player for the offensive line or for the outside linebacker position, but there’s some new information that indicates the Giants at the very least still have their eyes on Brown.

That’s the fact that Giants head coach Joe Judge attended Auburn’s Pro Day, where the team displayed their draft prospects to NFL scouts, coaches, and General Managers. Of course, the most notable of the Auburn players on display was Brown, who is rumored to be one of the main prospects the Giants are looking at – it’s even been said that the Giants could trade down for Brown, which would be the first trade down in a draft overseen by Dave Gettleman.

Though, that’s not to say that Brown was the sole attraction. While Brown is a defensive tackle and there would likely be many groans from Giants fans if the team took another player at the position while already having several and having larger needs too, there’s also Marlon Davidson, a defensive end who registered 11.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks last season.

Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham also attended the Pro Day which could indicate that it, unsurprisingly, is a defensive player or players that the Giants have their eyes on leading up to the Draft.

Regardless of how Brown looked in workouts however, the majority of Giants fans are likely hoping that it’s the defensive end Davidson that the team has their eyes on, and not the star defensive tackle that may go on to be a good player – but not the one the Giants need right now.