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Jets rookie WR Greg Dortch is a name to watch this preseason

 
by K. Jared Wright 2 hours ago

 

As the New York Jets prepare for the 2019 preseason, fans should be on the lookout for a promising rookie pass-catcher in the coming weeks.

At the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft, every team shifts their focus to acquiring undrafted free agents, hoping to find the next diamond in the rough.  Wide receiver Greg Dortch could be one of these for the New York Jets, and fans may enjoy watching him play this preseason.

During his time at Wake Forest during the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Football seasons, Pro Football Focus gave Dortch an 84.9 overall grade,19th overall in the ACC during this time period.  Dortch was called “the most electric playmaker thus far in the [Wake Forest Head Coach] Dave Clawson era.”

In his two years at Wake Forest, Dortch amassed an impressive 1,800 receiving yards on 142 catches, while adding another 438 kick and punt return yards. He accounted for 19 total touchdowns in two seasons, including four in a single game as a redshirt freshman against Louisville.”

Listed as 5’7 and 173lbs, one may infer that the odds are stacked against the 21 year old Dortch due to being an undersized Wide Receiver.  If given the opportunity however, he can continue the boon as a kick returner that Jets fans had come to enjoy in 2018 with Pro Bowl Kick Returner Andre Roberts.

If discussion on social media can be any indication, Dortch is garnering positive reviews thus far in training camp.  Videos that have surfaced during camp have shown Dortch’s good hands and his explosiveness as a potential kick returner.

Though many expect Dortch’s only opportunity on the team to be able to come as a Kick Returner, an opening could have arisen on July 29th with a possible foot injury to newest Jets Wide Receiver Jamison Crowder.

Regardless of whether the Crowder injury is serious, Dortch will certainly get an opportunity to prove himself this preseason, and could certainly be a favorite amongst Jets fans for at least four weeks this summer.

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I think Burnett is the more likely player to step in if Crowder was to miss extended time but it's nice the Dortch could potentially provide more than Roberts was able to last year when the Jets had to go deep into their depth chart.

 

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4 minutes ago, JiF said:

I think Burnett is the more likely player to step in if Crowder was to miss extended time but it's nice the Dortch could potentially provide more than Roberts was able to last year when the Jets had to go deep into their depth chart.

 

Yep, Burnett has to be ahead of Dortch on the depth chart.  But certainly an extended absence from Crowder could all but guarantee Dortch makes the team.  He may have been a sure bet already but this adds to that probability. 

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2 hours ago, JiF said:

I think Burnett is the more likely player to step in if Crowder was to miss extended time but it's nice the Dortch could potentially provide more than Roberts was able to last year when the Jets had to go deep into their depth chart.

 

doesn't dortch return kick offs and punts?  that could be the deciding factor in his staying or going.

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1 hour ago, rangerous said:

doesn't dortch return kick offs and punts?  that could be the deciding factor in his staying or going.

Kickoffs in todays NFL are virtually meaningless, but finding a good punt returner is very important and this kid has two full years of being an excellent punt returner on top of excellent college receiving numbers.  

I hope he sticks and gives us 1-2 special teams TDs per season.

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How many WRs does Gase typically keep?  If Dortch can return kicks, the below 6 seem all but confirmed:

  1. Robby
  2. Q
  3. JC
  4. Burnett
  5. Bellamy
  6. Dortch

If we keep another, the battle could be wide open. Peake would be the default choice as a solid S/T contributor, but maybe someone else (Tim White?) has better pass catching potential and we keep them.

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15 minutes ago, BCJet said:

Kickoffs in todays NFL are virtually meaningless, but finding a good punt returner is very important and this kid has two full years of being an excellent punt returner on top of excellent college receiving numbers.  

I hope he sticks and gives us 1-2 special teams TDs per season.

this would be good.  the jets haven't had a reliable punt returner in quite some tie.

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4 hours ago, JiF said:

I think Burnett is the more likely player to step in if Crowder was to miss extended time but it's nice the Dortch could potentially provide more than Roberts was able to last year when the Jets had to go deep into their depth chart.

 

Excuse me but I'll hold off on deciding who s stepping in for whoever until warfish steps in and gives us his expert college analysis.

I don't know about you but I'm sitting on the edge of my chair waiting for his opinion on these two. 

 

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14 hours ago, rangerous said:

okay but what about for a couple of seasons in a row?  they come and go.

If Dortch sticks as the PR that would be nice since he is under team control until the end of 2021.  He's only scheduled to make a total of $1.76M over that span.  Andre Roberts, meanwhile, is a $2.6M cap hit for the Bills this season alone, and $2M next season.

Saving money on special teams wherever possible is always nice.  Especially since we're going to need to buy Darnold a brand new offense after 2020 and then pay Darnold himself the year after.

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