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When you’re the owner of the NFL’s longest playoff drought (10 years) and coming off of a season in which you posted 2 wins to 14 losses with the league’s worst offense, it’s hard to imagine a team like the New York Jets having enough talent at multiple spots on that side of the ball to generate much buzz.  However, thanks to the handy work of Jets GM Joe Douglas, this is exactly the position the Jets find themselves in.

In recent years, the Jets have been so bereft of talent that it seemed any player who showed up and had a couple of good days at practice would exponentially increase their chances of making the 53-man roster.  Inexperienced?  That’s fine.  Unproven?  Great.  No production in recent memory?  Not a problem.

This is how the Jets spent last season watching the likes of Chris Hogan, Josh Malone, Braxton Berrios, Jeff Smith and Kalen Ballage haul in passes from departed quarterback Sam Darnold.  Even their top boundary receiver Breshaud Perriman was a veteran journeyman who has still failed to live up to his potential.  In 2021 though, it should be a much different story.

By adding free agents Corey Davis and Kellan Cole prior to selecting Elijah Moore with the 34th pick in the draft, players who made last year’s roster and saw the field will be forced down the depth chart or off the roster entirely.  Who stays and who goes will be determined in training camp where there will likely be just a couple of roster spots up for grabs, whereas it was wide open to all comers over much of the past few seasons.  And as you can see from the Jets current crop of starters and backups, the guys at the bottom of the depth chart will likely be guys who have the ability to take the top off of a defense.

Updated 40 times for current receivers on Jets roster:

DJ Montgomery: 4.3
E. Moore: 4.35
V. Smith: 4.36
J. Smith: 4.36
D. Mims: 4.38
Braxton Berrios: 4.4
J. Malone: 4.4
M. Cole: 4.48
C. Davis: 4.5
J. Crowder: 4.56
K. Cole: 4.59
L. Cager: 4.5??

If the QB is legit…look out.

— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) May 19, 2021

 

There will be a similar story in the trenches where instead of multiple starting spots being up for grabs, the Jets are very likely set to go at four of the five  spots on the offensive line.  Mekhi Becton and rookie Alijah Vera-Tucker will cover left tackle and right guard respectively with veteran center Connor McGovern slated in to play center.  George Fant is all but locked in to play right tackle which means a bevy of competitors for the right guard spot.

Incumbent starter Greg Van Roten will battle Alex Lewis if he’s not cut for cap reasons, along with second-year fourth-round draft pick Cameron Clark.  Clark is a starting caliber player who was always going to need a year to adjust to a new position in the NFL after coming out of a small school (Charlotte) where he had previously played left tackle.  Free agent addition Dan Feeney also has extensive experience as a starter with the Chargers.

Of course there are some other names out there such as Jimmy Murray, Tristen Hoge and Corey Levin, but as of right now they’re the dark horses to stick, meaning that while five or six receivers will be battling for 2 or 3 spots at the bottom of the depth chart, anywhere from four to six players could find themselves doing battle for the lone open spot on the offensive line at right guard.

It’s bad news for guys hoping to find themselves in a situation with five or six openings, but great news for the Jets and their fans.

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With the few roster spots up for grabs at WR I'd love to see one of the Smith's win it.  One more guy for defenses to sweat about over the top could do wonders for the offense.

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Joe Douglas has raised the floor of this team. Unfortunately in years past when there were injuries you saw a complete drop off between the starter and the backup. Thankfully that's not the story anymore.

Every wide receiver and running back on this team should be dangerous and able to do damage. Same thing with cornerbacks and linebackers in sub-packages and special teams.

Bringing in talent and creating competition is a good thing. Guys need to be at their best and be on watch. Time to prove who's got the Motts.

The new.. New York Jets ....will be known as respectable. That's a good start and you can thank Chris Johnson for that.

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wow - so optimistic at this point in the season - wait - season hasn't started yet? oh ok - this is so silly - yes on paper we have improved - top 10 wr group? every chip has to fall right for that to be true - davis shows top ten draft status - mims has breakout sophomore year - moore emerges as rookie of the year candidate and crowder doesn’t get cut - plus no injuries - plus zach comes on strong from day one - all other wr are jags until proven otherwise ( speedy jags but jags nonetheless- maybe real coaching and coherent offensive strategy makes everyone more effective and there is reason to be optimistic but seriously? great group top ten group yeah ok - get back to me in late october


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On 5/19/2021 at 8:01 PM, johnnysd said:

We could legimitaely have a Top 10 WR corps this year, where last year especially the first half we are 32nd. And a distant 32nd.

Unless Mims steps up big this season, we will be middle of the pack which is still a vast improvement.  The top 10 is going to go to teams that have that stud like KC and Dallas. 

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Competition? On offense?! What an unknown. That's way too radical thinking for the NYJ. The only thing they've ever had is their feeling is the newest SH*T is better than the veteran SH*T. Just sh*t in, sh*t out concept that the Jets have seemingly perfected over the last decade. Was Darron Lee ever better than the veteran on the team? Meanwhile, knowing Lee was NOT good enough to even diagnose simple offensive looks?

The answer is NO. They made Lee a starter simply because he was the younger guy and their HOPE was that he might grasp the concept of his job with continued exposure. Lee is just one example of many the Jets have pulled through the years.

The real problem is the 

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Competition? On offense?! What an unknown. That's way too radical thinking for the NYJ. The only thing they've ever had is their feeling is the newest SH*T is better than the veteran SH*T. Just sh*t in, sh*t out concept that the Jets have seemingly perfected over the last decade. Was Darron Lee ever better than the veteran on the team? Meanwhile, knowing Lee was NOT good enough to even diagnose simple offensive looks?

The answer is NO. They made Lee a starter simply because he was the younger guy and their HOPE was that he might grasp the concept of his job with continued exposure. Lee is just one example of many the Jets have pulled through the years.

The real problem is the Jets inability to draft talented players. Once the Jets establish themselves with decent talent they'll actually create competition on multiple fronts. My feeling is they are on the right track to do that now with Joe Douglas running things.

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