92ShaunEllis92 Posted September 25, 2021 Share Posted September 25, 2021 Braxton Berrios has gone from afterthought to Jets’ leading receiver By Mark W. “No, I didn’t sleep with Kate Upton, I’m the other” Sanchez - The Jets’ leading wide receiver through two games entered the season with three touchdowns and 43 receptions in his career. From a unit that features Corey Davis, who was given a $37.5 million pact this offseason, 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims, 2021 second-round pick Elijah Moore and veteran Jamison Crowder, who has posted more than 4,000 receiving yards, it has been Braxton Berrios leading the way for the Jets. A sixth-round pick in 2018 by the Patriots (who waived him before the 2019 season, when the Jets pounced), Berrios has been the go-to receiver for Zach Wilson and might be again Sunday if Crowder remains out. Crowder would be the slot receiver, but has yet to make his 2021 debut, a bout with COVID-19 and a groin injury forcing him off the field. Head coach Robert Saleh said Crowder would be a game-time decision Sunday in Denver, but he is listed as doubtful after working with trainers during Friday’s practice. Mims, too, will be a game-time decision after he was a healthy scratch last weekend. The talented wideout apparently is not a favorite of the coaching staff as he tries to work his way onto the field. Braxton Berrios came into the season with 43 receptions — and three touchdowns — in his career. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post Instead, Berrios, an afterthought before the season, is the Jets’ leading receiver in terms of catches (12), yards (124) and targets (18). The young Jets see the 25-year-old Berrios as a leader. “He’s out there on Wednesday, which is a heavy install day, and helping the other receivers get lined up. He’s helping the quarterback out of the huddle, he’s helping everybody,” Saleh said this week. “That veteran presence who’s reliable, who can get separation, win one-on-ones. “And those guys, they just naturally draw to the quarterback in terms of, ‘I know you’re going to be exactly where you need to be.’ ” Berrios has been there for Wilson, having turned four of his catches into first downs. He also had excelled for the Jets’ special teams. While Mims did not start last week in part because, Saleh said, he only would be a help on offense, Berrios has been returning kicks this year as well as continuing as a threat on punt returns. Berrios’ 23.8 yards per kick return ranks 12th in the NFL and his 10.5 yards per punt return makes him 11th. Special teams coordinator Brant Boyer lauded Berrios’ “dynamic quickness” and “really good vision.” “I think he is playing really, really well for us,” Boyer said this week. “He makes great decisions, and I think that’s a big part of field position in itself. I think he’s done an outstanding job so far.” Berrios has the type of well-rounded game that makes it difficult to bench him because he contributes in so many areas. Even if Crowder returns and wins the slot back, Berrios has played himself into a spot. He’s not the player the Jets probably hoped would emerge at receiver in the early going, but general manager Joe Douglas and Saleh will take any finds they can get. 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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