New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland was not surprised that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterback Geno Smith had him in mind Monday night when two of Smith's three touchdowns passes went to tight ends. Cumberland's 20-yard scoring strike in the second quarter and fellow tight end Kellen Winslow's 1-yard touchdown reception in the fourth both came against favorable matchups in the Jets' 30-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The one to Cumberland pitted him against Falcons rookie linebacker Joplo Bartu who was undrafted out of Texas State. On the Jets' next possession Cumberland ran the same route straight downfield and caught a 47-yarder with Bartu again trailing in coverage. That set up Smith's second touchdown pass a 16-yard connection to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The fourth-year tight end caught three passes for 79 yards and a score. “Me and Marty had a one-on-one talk last week and he said some things he wanted to do with me and get me more involved in the offense” Cumberland said. “I gave a little outside move [on the touchdown] but it was pretty much a vertical route and I just used my speed and maneuvered around and Geno found me. “We saw through our film that some teams were able to go vertical on them and those two plays that's what we did.” While Cumberland wasn't surprised to have his number called Winslow may have been irritated his wasn't called more often.
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