New York Giants Release First Unofficial Depth Chart For 2020 Season

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants have released their first unofficial depth chart for the 2020 NFL season. With the Giants’ first regular season game taking place in just a week from today, the team has set its starting lineup, unofficially. This lineup could change, depending on the next week of practice. But, for now, this is the depth chart:

The Depth Chart:

Offense:

QB: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy

RB: Saquon Barkley, Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman

FB: Eli Penny

WR: Darius Slayton, CJ Board

WR: Golden Tate, Damion Ratley

WR: Sterling Shepard, Damion Ratley

TE: Evan Engram, Kaden Smith, Levine Toilolo, Eric Tomlinson

LT: Andrew Thomas, Jackson Barton

LG: Will Hernandez, Shane Lemieux

C: Nick Gates, Spencer Pulley

RG: Kevin Zeitler, Shane Lemieux

RT: Cam Fleming, Matt Peart

Defense:

SLB: Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Carter Coughlin

DE: Dexter Lawrence, RJ McIntosh

MLB: Blake Martinez, Tae Crowder

NT: Dalvin Tomlinson, Austin Johnson

WIL: DeVante Downs, TJ Brunson

DT: Leonard Williams, BJ Hill

OLB: Oshane Ximines, Kyler Fackrell, Cam Brown

LCB: James Bradberry, Darnay Holmes, Brandon Williams

SS: Jabrill Peppers, Nate Ebner

FS: Julian Love, Logan Ryan, Adrian Colbert

RCB: Corey Ballentine, Isaac Yiadom

Specialists:

LS: Casey Kreiter

H: Riley Dixon

P: Riley Dixon

PR: Golden Tate, Jabrill Peppers, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton

KOR: Darnay Holmes, Darius Slayton, Corey Ballentine, CJ Board, Dion Lewis

K: Graham Gano

Notable Positions:

The biggest weakness for the Giants heading into the 2020 offseason was at center. New York’s centers, Jon Halapio and Spencer Pulley, struggled immensely in 2019. The Giants did not acquire a new center this offseason. Instead, they moved Nick Gates in to compete for the position. Now, Nick Gates is listed as the starting center, indicating that he has won the positional battle with Spencer Pulley.

Newly-signed defensive back Logan Ryan is technically not listed as a starter. Ryan is listed as the backup free safety behind Julian Love. Many expected to see Logan Ryan start at RCB, but that position is currently held by Corey Ballentine.

Darnay Holmes did not earn a starting role on defense, but he did earn a starting role on special teams as the kick-off returner. An additional thing to note is that slot cornerback is technically not a starting defensive position. This depth chart is about the base defense, 3-4 formation. Nickel is not the base defense, but the starting nickel cornerback very well could be Darnay Holmes or Logan Ryan. So, while they are not listed as starters in the base defense, they will likely both see plenty of playing time in the nickel and dime formations.

After the surprising cut of Ryan Connelly this week, Devenate Downs has been given the unofficial starting WIL job. He will start opposite of Blake Martinez at MLB.

Kyler Fackrell, signed this offseason after a 10.5 sack 2018 campaign with the Packers, is not a starter in this first depth chart. Fackrell is the second-string OLB, behind Oshane Ximines. Markus Golden is also not listed as a starter after earning 10 sacks in 2019 with the Giants. Lorenzo Carter is ahead of Golden as the team’s first-string SLB.

This first unofficial depth chart gives a good idea as to which Giants players will be seen on the field most often in 2020. But much of this lineup is subject to change, as there is still another week of practice to get through. On top of that, the Giants are not likely to sit in their base defense all game. There will be plenty of nickel looks and other creative defensive formations schemed up by Patrick Graham. The Giants also have two key players, David Mayo and Xavier McKinney, on injured reserve. They will enter the lineup, likely both as starters, later on this season.

New York Giants Cut Wide Receiver Corey Coleman

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

The New York Giants officially set their fifty-three man roster yesterday. There were some surprise cuts, like second-year linebacker Ryan Connelly, but for the most part, the cuts were expected. Today, though, the Giants made another surprising roster move, cutting wide receiver Corey Coleman.

Today was the waiver-wire day in the NFL. The Giants claimed three players off of the waiver wire and had one player (Connelly) of their own claimed. The Giants needed to make some cuts to their roster to make room for today’s claims, and they chose to sacrifice Corey Coleman.

Corey Coleman looked primed to man the Giants’ fourth wide receiver position this season. He had been impressive all throughout training camp after fighting back to full health from a torn ACL that he suffered last year. This roster move comes as a huge surprise to most Giants fans, but there could be more to the story than what meets the eye.

What Are The Giants’ Plans At WR4?

Corey Coleman was set to be the Giants’ WR4 in 2020. But the team waived him today, raising the question as to who might man that position now. The Giants now have the following wide receivers on their roster: Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, CJ Board, and Damion Ratley.

Damion Ratley is one of the players the Giants claimed on the waiver wire today. He could potentially fill Coleman’s role as a vertical threat. CJ Board is another player that was impressive in training camp this summer. He earned himself a spot on the final roster.

The Giants have another four wide receivers on their practice squad, too. Training camp standouts Alex Bachman and Austin Mack were both signed to the team’s practice squad, along with Derrick Dillon and Johnny Holton.

There is a chance that Corey Coleman’s time in New York is not over yet. Yes, he was cut from the roster today, but he could actually be re-signed by the end of the day. As reporter Art Stapleton pointed out on Twitter, Corey Coleman is not subject to the waiver wire, since he is a veteran. This means that, after 4 p.m. today, Coleman is free to sign with whichever team he pleases, including the Giants.

The New York Giants have two players to place on injured reserve today: Xavier McKinney and David Mayo. Placing these two players on IR would free up two more roster spots, one of which could potentially be used to re-sign Corey Coleman. This is a hypothetical, though, as it is very possible that Coleman’s time in East Rutherford is finished.

New York Jets optimistic as training camp ends, training camp looms

New York Jets, Mekhi Becton

Cautious optimism emerged from the final day of New York Jets training camp, as a tense weekend of cuts awaits.

Stage one of a most unusual NFL season has come and gone. One of its most painful mainstays, however, is already underway.

The New York Jets’ training camp proceedings ended on Friday afternoon, just a little more than 24 hours before the mandated downsizing of NFL active rosters to 53 players. New York’s personal purging has already bid farewell to veterans James Burgess (who led the Jets with 80 tackles last season) and Jonotthan Harrison (19 starts over the last three seasons). The process will only continue as Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline approaches, though several departees could find new opportunities with practice squads extended from 10 to 16 players.

Head coach Adam Gase anticipates Saturday’s organized chaos, especially in such a tenuous season that could require substitutions rising to the occasion on short notice.

“It’ll be interesting when we kind of get to those because I’m sure that it’s going to end up being we’ll have about five really tough decisions to make,” Gase said of the roster trim, per transcripts provided by the Jets. “Those active roster (decisions), but on the practice squad and then kind of holding your breath to see if anybody gets claimed it’ll be interesting heading towards the end of this week.”

The calm before Saturday’s storm of transactions allowed the Jets’ a brief opportunity to focus on a roller-coaster training camp session. Set in the backdrop of the ongoing health crisis, some would say it’s enough of a win that the team emerged without major catastrophe.

Still, Gase was pleased with what the team was able to accomplish in their college campus-like settings. He hopes the awareness and precautions taken during the process carries over into the regular season.

“I think the players did a great job staying focused. I know it was an unusual training camp, a lot of walkthroughs, rep wise,” he said. “No preseason games, but I thought the guys did a good job of using the time he had his effectively as possible. It was nice that, you know, we were able to kind of have the setup we had with having the hotels as close as we had them, kind of almost making that like a dormitory, buying out the whole hotel, which that was big for us, just kind of had smooth transition on all that stuff.”

“We’ll kind of see as we get into the season, where now guys can live on their own and we’ll maneuver that and now we’ll be able to just kind of start doing meetings live in person, which is that’s going to be something that we’re, we’re going to be excited about.”

Walkthroughs weren’t able to fully simulate the type of action the Jets lost through the cancellation of the annual preseason quartet. But Gase was pleased with what the effort put forth and the work accomplished.

“The walkthroughs were awesome,” the head coach remarked. “It’s like having a meeting on the field and I do think the way that our guys engaged in the virtual meetings was, I felt like we got a ton of guys asking more questions than sometimes when you’re live, where it’s easier to nod your head and say you got it and you might not have it, where on the virtual stuff, I just felt like there was a better back and forth for whatever reason.”

With training camp in the books and no exhibitions looming, the first opportunity to battle a football player clad in a color other than gree and white comes in the Week 1 opener against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS). The Jets will likely enter that game packed with youth and inexperience and without some crucial would-be contributors stepping out due to medical concerns and training camp injuries. There’s no telling just how much progress was made before the Jets battle a good number of experts have pegged to swipe New England’s AFC East throne.

But from what the players and coaching staff have gathered, they believe they’re ready to face a season laden with questions.

The spring selection of Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton will loom large for both the Jets’ immediate and long-term future. If he fails to rise to expectations, it could set the Jets back years and have them wondering about the wide receiver prospects left behind. But his success could change the narrative about the Jets’ offense and perhaps become the spark the Sam Darnold/Le’Veon Bell era truly needs to ignite.

It would’ve been Becton’s showings that garnered the most observers if summer showcases were allowed to proceed. The Jets sound pleased with what they were able to get in the meantime.

“He looks comfortable to me. And he’s not making mistakes,” Gase said of Becton, per Olivia Landis of the official team site. “I’ve been extremely impressed by how he’s operating as far as his knowledge of football, how he’s retaining things, acquiring the information, recalling it, and then at the same time executing, playing fast. He’s doing a really good job.”

Becton’s first NFL training camp has certainly been one for the books. He was denied a handshake from the commissioner and hearing his name called in Las Vegas with the league opting for virtual draft settings last April. Presumably starting, he’ll be thrown into an immediate fire against Buffalo, owners of one of the NFL’s scariest pass rushes. He’s one of many Jets that could’ve used four consequence-free opportunities in August to adjust to the professional game.

But the experiences at One Jets Drive in Florham Park may have given Becton the best preseason/tune-up opponents of all: Gregg Williams’ defense.

Becton admitted that virtual meetings at the onset of camp that virtual meetings took a bit of adjusting to, but that he found his first NFL training camp to be a fulfilling experience, one that helped him learn where his true NFL strengths lie and where he might need to improve moving forward.

“I would definitely say I got better as a player, person and teammate,” Becton said in Landis’ postcamp report. “I definitely learned how to take care of my body, technique, plays, everything. I’ve gotten better over this time period.;”

“I fixed my hand placement and made sure that I keep my feet moving and don’t just stop once I make contact. Those are the things I worked on the most and needed to harp on the most. I also needed to work on my backside cutoff as well.”

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Should the New York Giants take a flier on physical receiver Hakeem Butler?

Could the New York Giants go after Hakeem Butler in the 2019 NFL draft?

The official deadline to set a 53-man roster in the NFL is tomorrow at 4 p.m. With this deadline rapidly approaching, NFL teams have begun cutting players to shrink their roster sizes. The New York Giants have yet to make their round of cuts, but they will soon.

Other teams around the league have already started chopping away at their roster. The Arizona Cardinals made a surprising move today, cutting Hakeem Butler, a second-year wide receiver that they drafted in the fourth round last year. Butler was a solid prospect coming out of college. Could the Giants look to take a flier on Butler before the start of the regular season?

Why Butler Might Make Sense For New York

Wide receiver depth is crucial. The position is one that faces plenty of injuries every year, as the Giants know all too well. Darius Slayton, Corey Coleman, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate were all injured at one point or another last season. New York had to start backups on multiple occasions at the wide receiver position.

In 2020, there is a chance that the Giants find themselves in a similar situation. It is important to be prepared for the worst, and the Giants can prepare by acquiring as much wide receiver talent as possible. Hakeem Butler is the latest talented wide receiver to be made available for acquisition.

In college, Hakeem Butler was an excellent player. But after being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Butler never got to see the field in the regular season. Hakeem broke his hand in the preseason and missed the entirety of the 2019 season. Now, healthy, he was unable to earn a spot on the Giants’ roster.

Admittedly, the Cardinals have an abundance of wide receiver talent. From DeAndre Hopkins to Andy Isabella, the Cardinals might have liked Hakeem Butler but just not had the room to house him.

Butler was a workout warrior at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. He stands tall and strong at 6 feet 5 inches, 227 pounds, while also having the speed to run a 4.48 forty-yard dash. Butler was a legitimate deep threat in college, racking up 1,318 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns on only 60 receptions in 2018. Butler could be a solid addition as an outside receiver for the New York Giants.

Why The Giants Might Not Be A Landing Spot For Butler

The Giants already have a pretty crowded room of wide receivers. Sure, Hakeem Butler is very talented. After all, he was drafted in the fourth round last year, and many of the Giants’ backup receivers went undrafted. But these undrafted receivers have been impressive during training camp with the Giants. They have worked hard to earn their potential roster spots. Additionally, the Giants have been able to evaluate these receivers first-hand in camp. Any evaluations they might have of Hakeem Butler will be based on his college game tape.

The Giants and Butler’s mutual unfamiliarity with each other will likely prevent the team from using a roster spot on Butler. He was an exciting prospect in 2019, so he will find a home somewhere. But with the Giants’ crowded group of receivers on the current roster, it is unlikely he will find that home in the Big Blue side of New Jersey.

New York Jets: Le’Veon Bell and Adam Gase “actually like each other”

New York Jets, Leveon Bell

As Week 1 looms, New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell did his part to end rumors of tension between him and his head coach.

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell may represent the offense, but took on the role of a shutdown corner in defusing tension between he and head coach Adam Gase.

On Thursday, the rusher spoke for the first time since an intrasquad scrimmage bore friction between the two. Gase mentioned that he had pulled Bell from the proceedings due to a tight hamstring, but Bell took to social media afterward to proclaim his clean bill of health. Speaking in person after the late week practice, Bell considered the scrimmage matter behind him and publicly called for those covering the Jets to stop pitting he and Gase against each other.

“I don’t understand why everybody is trying to put me and Gase against each other,” Bell said Thursday, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “We’re not against each other. I don’t understand why it’s so hard to believe, but we actually like each other.”

Bell and Gase’s relationship has been under a microscope ever since the former Pittsburgh Steeler inked a four-year, $52.5 million contract last offseason. Rumors emerged last season that Gase lobbied against then-general manager Mike Maccagnan adding Bell after he sat out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute. Bell’s name appeared in several trade rumors at the league-deadline last season and Gase was accused by analysts of not using Bell properly in his offense. Bell had a full-season career-low 789 yards last season.

But Bell doubled down on his peace treaty with Gase, insisting that the pair have never had problems.

“Ever since I got here and he got here, there’s kind of been this little thing of me and him butting heads all the time, which I don’t know where it comes from,” Bell said in Cimini’s report. “We had a long conversation because basically people (blew last week) out of proportion because I did make the tweet.”

Bell has returned to training camp eager to rectify and atone for the mistakes of 2019 and has been a burst of light in the Jets’ proceedings. He’s ready to take on a larger role in the New York offense when the Jets open against Buffalo on September 13 (1 p.m. ET, CBS) and it appears Gase is ready to take Bell up on that challenge.

“I feel like we can find better ways to get him the ball to help him create more explosive plays,” Gase said in Cimini’s discourse. “We can get him in space better than we did last year.”

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: The case for a Bilal Powell reunion

Bilal Powell’s long tenure with the New York Jets came to an end this offseason. It’s late in the game, but here’s why that has to change.

One can argue how much of an honor the label “longest-tenured New York Jet” really is. It’s great to have continuity and familiar faces in an offense, but the merits must be questionable when a nine-year veteran has played witness to only 57 wins (better only than Jacksonville and the artists formerly known as the Oakland Raiders in the AFC).

At the end of the day, though, running back Bilal Powell saw no negatives in bearing such a torch.

““or me, I just like to sit put,” Powell said in a late January interview with Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts, WFAN’s midday pair. “I had a couple of opportunities to leave around the times that I was a free agent in previous years, but I wanted to stick around and see this thing unfold.”

If the New York Jets need something to get through 2020, it’s veteran leadership. Sure, this is a team that’s plenty ingredients short of a championship recipe, but the return of a guy who knows his way around an NFL field could make this process a little easier to bear.

Hence, it’s time to start talking about bringing Powell back into the fold.

The Jets enter 2020 with a lack of experience on the field. There’s something to be said about the team’s dedication to youth. But without a sense of direction, the development could be for naught. The team took a step in the right direction in that regard by bringing Frank Gore, a 16-year veteran whose best NFL days may be behind him but has the experience and leadership that can motivate a young team and teach them the professional ropes.

“Frank brings something that is really hard to teach,” Jets head coach Adam Gase said of the Gore signing, per Ethan Greenberg of the Jets’ official site. “He’s a natural leader. He’s the kind of guy that guys respect around the NFL. He’s done a great job as far as helping younger players that are in the room. I think he’s a good teammate especially the last three or four years in that backup role and the supporting role of whoever that starter is.”

Powell may not have the impressive resume that Gore has earned over his tenure…few running backs do…but, in several ways, Powell represents the quintessential NFL success story. A day three pick back in 2011 (126th overall), Powell made himself a reliable part of the offense, a rare silver lining as the offense remained relatively stagnant. He was a reliable spell option and injury fill-in that became a multi-threat. Since Powell entered the league in 2011, he is one of 30 running backs to tally over 3,500 yards of total offense.

Perhaps the greatest lesson Powell can teach is one resiliency, which will be vital for players looking to get through what could be a difficult year. In 2018, Powell suffered a neck injury during an October loss to Minnesota, one that threatened to end his career. When it was possible that Powell’s NFL could well be over, the Jets knew what they could be losing.

“Bilal is one of the hardest workers on this team,” then-head coach Todd Bowles said at the time, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “It’s a big blow from that standpoint, but you worry more about the person, healing, than the football player.”

“It’s one of the toughest things,” defensive lineman Steve McLendon said in the same report. “It almost makes me emotional because I know how hard he worked. This is how a lot of guys feed their family, and you never want to see someone lose that ability.”

Powell instead worked his way back, inked a one-year return deal last June, and partook in the Jets’ 2019 proceedings. Like the rest of the Jets’ rushers, things didn’t really go his way, as he put up a career-low 229 yards over 15 games (the best a 74-yard showing in his lone start of the season in a win over Miami).

With so many receivers going down and the offensive line revamped, the Jets could leaning on their run game a little harder at the onset of the 2020 season. As last season proved, Le’Veon Bell can’t do it alone. Gore will be able to assist, but the Jets did lose Lamical Perine during a scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon. While there’s some belief that Perine avoided true disaster, the Jets may look to fill the void and bide a little time while Perine’s ankle heals. A trade for former Gase pupil Kalen Ballage was also voided when the Miami running back failed a physical.

A suitable replacement and locker room prescience in Powell could appear on the horizon in Powell, who knows the Jets’ offense and has earned himself an NFL decade through strength and resiliency. Powell himself is even open to the opportunity, if SNY’s Jets pregame and postgame show host Jonas Schwartz is to be believed:

“I just stay in my lane. I sit back and let things happen and unfold,” Powell told Beningo and Roberts. “I want to retire a Jet, that’s the biggest thing for me.”

Fulfilling that dream could well become beneficial for all sides.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets claim WR D.J. Montgomery off waivers

New York Jets

The former Clevelander didn’t have to wait long for another NFL call, as the New York Jets seek to rework their depleted receiving corps.

The New York Jets have turned to the waiver wire to restock their dwindling receiving unit, claiming D.J. Montgomery. This move comes after the trade for  Kalen Ballage was voided after the Miami Dolphins running back failed his physical.

Montgomery, 23, entered the league last season as an undrafted free agent out of Austin Peay. In his final year with the Governors, Montgomery led the Ohio Valley Conference with 18.9 yards per reception. Notable APSU alumni to make it to the NFL include linebacker Jeff Gooch, defensive lineman Bonnie Sloan (the first deaf player in league history), and Percy Howard (whose one career reception was a 34-yard touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X).

He got off to a strong start during the NFL preseason, earning 124 yards on five receptions over Cleveland’s first two games and even scored a touchdown in their 30-10 win over Washington. However, a hamstring injury sidelined Montgomery for the rest of the season, and he did not appear in any regular season games. The Browns waived him on Saturday, but the Jets came calling after losing Jeff Smith to a shoulder injury.

New York’s early struggles with injuries have been well-documented. Smith had an opportunity with the Jets’ premier units after ailments befell top targets Breshad Perriman (knee) and Denzel Mims (hamstring). The newly acquired pair has been unable to partake in most of the training camp proceedings thus far. Another knee injury befell undrafted standout Lawrence Cager. Experienced veteran help has been called upon to pacify the issue, with the Jets signing Chris Hogan and Donte Moncrief.

The Jets’ regular season opens on September 13 against the Buffalo Bills.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants: Positions To Keep An Eye On With Cuts Around The Corner

New York Giants

The New York Giants will set their fifty-three man roster in a week from today. Over this next week, the team will be determining who will stay and who will go. The Giants do have a few positions of need, and they also have few positions of strength. Ahead of camp cuts, which positions are worth keeping a close eye on?

UDFA Wide Receivers

Behind Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate, the Giants have a positional battle at the wide receiver position. Corey Coleman will be competing with a number of rookie wide receivers to win the fourth wide receiver position.

New York has four undrafted free agent wide receivers currently on the roster. Derrick Dillon, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, and Cody White were all signed by the Giants this offseason. They have all had their fair share of ups and downs in camp, but Victor and Mack have had a few more standout plays.

There are also two other receivers making their names known in camp: David Stills and Alex Bachman. Both players have impressed in practice and could earn themselves a spot on the final roster. For all of these wide receivers, this next week of practice is crucial.

New York Jets lose another receiver at training camp (Report)

New York Jets

Yet another receiver has fallen for the New York Jets, as reports have emerged that Jeff Smith is the latest lost to injury.

Reports have emerged from New York Jets training camp that the team has lost yet another receiver to injury. The catcher in question this time around is Jeff Smith, the second-year man who had a major opportunity in the wake of prior losses.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, Smith “landed awkwardly and (came) off favoring his shoulder”. New York Post writer Brian Costello stated that Smith later left the field and that it “(looked) like he was in a lot of pain”.

Smith, 23, joined the team last season as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College. He spent the majority of the season on the practice squad but was promoted to the active roster in December. The former Eagle would earn a 12-year reception in his NFL debut against Baltimore but suffered an ankle sprain, leading to placement on injured reserve shortly after.

This is the latest blow to the Jets’ receiving corps. Presumed top targets Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims have missed most of the proceedings thus far with injuries and Josh Doctson opted out of the 2020 proceedings. Undrafted standout Lawrence Cager was also being evaluated with a knee issue, while another returnee, Vyncint Smith, won’t be available until mid-September The reported signing of Donte Moncrief now looms even larger, as does the recent arrival of two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Hogan. Other healthy receivers include 2019 returnee Braxton Berrios, veteran Josh Malone and several undrafted rookies.

In the slightest silver lining, the Jets did enjoy a solid day from one of those first-year signees, George Campbell. ESPN’s Rich Cimini that the West Virginia product scored during a seven-on-seven session and later scored again during a team period, this one being a 43-yard grab from David Fales.

Head coach Adam Gase originally expected Perriman, formerly of Tampa Bay, to return for the weekend’s activities but stated he needed more time, per Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets set to sign WR Donte Moncrief (Report)

New York Jets

Set to assist the New York Jets’ depleted receiving corps, the veteran Moncrief spent last season with Pittsburgh and Carolina.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the New York Jets are set to add veteran receiver Donte Moncrief. The receiver must first pass COVID-19 protocols before joining his new squad. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

Moncrief, who turned 27 earlier this month, entered the league as an early entry, third-round pick (90th overall) of the Indianapolis Colts in 2014. After four years in Indianapolis, he spent a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars before spending last season between Pittsburgh and Carolina. Overall, he has earned 2,561 yards on 204 receptions, good for 21 touchdowns, over six seasons so far.

Notably, Moncrief scored seven touchdowns in only nine games during the 2016 season while dealing with both a shoulder and hamstring issue. As a rookie, he earned a postseason touchdown with a 36-yard score from Andrew Luck in the Colts’ 26-10 win over Cincinnati in the wild-card round.

Fans of Moncrief’s new employers may remember him for a 67-yard touchdown against the Jets in a September 2018 get-together in Duval. Moncrief had a season-best 109 receiving yards in Jacksonville’s 31-12 win. To date, it’s his last 100-yard game.

Upon his arrival to camp, Moncrief, who also worked out with San Francisco, should help a depleted New York receiving corps that has been befallen by injury during their training camp proceedings. Potential top targets Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims have been dealing with injuries, as has undrafted standout Lawrence Cager. Head coach Adam Gase did mention that he expected Perriman to return to practice this weekend. Moncrief was one of several veteran receivers who auditioned to fill the gap. Kevin White was also in that group but the former first-round pick recently inked a deal with the aforementioned 49ers.

The Jets welcome back veteran slot man Jamison Crowder and also signed two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Hogan earlier this month. But beyond that, there is little experience, the rest of the roster populated by inexperienced veterans and undrafted free agents. Moncrief is expected to shore up that spot on the depth chart and add reliable hands to a developing offense.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags