The New York Jets are headed into the 2021 season with an overturned roster, specifically at quarterback and wide receiver. Of course, expectations for second overall pick Zach Wilson are sky-high, as they should be based on his incredible attributes and capabilities on the run as a passer. Coming out of BYU, Wilson has the ability to throw on the move, deliver accurate passes downfield, and operate an offense adequately.
While the NFL presents an entirely different challenge, the Jets made sure to give Wilson plenty of weapons and resources for his rookie season. They went out and grabbed Corey Davis from the Tennessee Titans, who is considered a high-end WR2, if not a fringe WR1.
Compared to the wide receivers the Jets offered Sam Darnold last year, this is an entirely different group with far more capabilities. They traded away Sam’s best target in Robby Anderson, leaving him to fend for himself.
Nonetheless, the Jets have an underrated WR core this upcoming season, especially after drafting Ole Miss stand-out Elijah Moore.
New York Jets wide receiver core:
WR1: Corey Davis
Davis is an adequate player who signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Jets, including $27 million guaranteed. While they spent big money on the receiver, he will offer Wilson a solid route runner who could also act as a possession option. The former first-round pick is only 26 years old and posted a career-high 984 yards and five touchdowns last year as a complement to AJ Brown.
While it is yet to be seen if Davis can handle the load himself, he was one of the most exciting college receivers coming out of the 2017 NFL draft, so there’s no question he can offer elite-level play, it’s just a matter of how consistency. Aside from posting career numbers in production, he also landed a 70.7% catch rate, showcasing quality hands and consistency, the key for Davis moving forward.
Giving Wilson an adequate receiver like Davis should do wonders for him and his adaptation to the NFL.
WR2: Jamison Crowder
The Jets recently struck a deal with Jamison Crowder to stick with the Jets on a more team-friendly deal. The renegotiated contract will keep him on the team for the 2021 campaign, but he will be a free agent after the season at 28 years old, offering him an opportunity to cash in one last time. Crowder is currently on a three-year, $28.5 million deal with the Jets, but after the team drafted Moore, he simply doesn’t have an extended future with Gang Green.
Crowder is a solid slot receiver who uses his shifty style of play to make tacklers miss in the open field. Last season, he posted 699 yards and six scores over 12 games. Crowder has dealt with injuries at times, but when on the field, he can be an asset, especially for Wilson, who’ll be looking for a security blanket out of the slot if the offensive line struggles.
WR3: Denzel Mims
One player, the Jets, have high hopes for is Denzel Mims, who played in just nine games during his rookie season in 2020. He picked up 357 yards but failed to find the end-zone. He showed solid route running as a rookie out of Baylor.
As a 6’3”, 207-pound receiver, he can be a solid complement to Corey Davis on the outside. Ultimately, if Mims can step up and realize his potential, the Jets will have a solid duo of outside receivers, drawing attention to the deeper portions of the field and allowing the slot options like Moore and Crowder to operate with more space.
WR4: Elijah Moore
Moore is an extremely exciting receiver out of Mississippi, who posted 1193 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Moore was considered one of the most lethal after the catch receivers in college football, and he surprisingly fell to the second round for the Jets, an absolute steal.
The young receiver has already been showing flashes of excellence during practice, and I have a feeling that the connection between Moore and Wilson will be elite for the future. As a shifty player who can change direction on a dime, Moore also contains elite speed and can take a ball to the house at any moment. Add in solid hands, and the 5’9″, 178-pound slot option could end up being one of the best players on offense, which would really indicate a homerun draft for management.
Honorable mention – WR5-7: Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith
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