Breaking Down the New York Jets Wide Receiver Core by David Dubovy
With New York Jets training camp underway, the biggest need of veteran presence on the roster is the wide receiver position. The Jets have 13 wide receivers on the current roster, after recently cutting rookie KD Cannon to sign the former Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gregg. Out of all 13 wide receivers on the team, only one wide receiver has more than 3 years of experience and that is newly signed Marquess Wilson, who has 5 years. During the Green and White scrimmage last week at Metlife Stadium, the Jets number one wide receiver option, Quincy Enunwa injured his neck. The injury is not career ending and recovery time for his blushing disk is 6-9 months. With Enunwa missing the season, that leaves Jets fans thinking what the depth chart for the upcoming season is going to look like. A few days after the Jets learned about the Enunwa injury, the Jets claimed wide receiver Bruce Ellington off waviers from the 49ers. Ellington failed his physical and the Jets released him. Some veteran wide receiver options Gang Green can look at in free agency are Vincent Jackson, Stevie Johnson and Eddie Royal. But as we all know they are up in age and injuries surround them all. As for the current wide receivers on the roster, the Jets depth chart to start the 2018 season could be: WR1: Robby Anderson WR2: ArDarious Stewart WR3: Jalin Marshall* WR4: Chad Hansen WR5: Marquess Wilson WR6: Charone Peake WR7: Lucky Whitehead * Suspended first four games for PED's This wide receiver group is inexperienced and there is no guarantee that Jalin Marshall will have a roster spot once his four game suspension is over. The recently added wide receiver Lucky Whitehead will most likely be used mainly as a return specialist. Expect a big year from Robby Anderson who had 42 receptions 587 yards and 2 touchdowns last season and the Jets 3rd round pick in the 2017 draft ArDarious Stewart. Stewart had 54 receptions 864 yards and 8 touchdowns last year with Alabama. Chad Hansen was the Jets 4th round pick in the 2017 draft who had 92 receptions 1249 yards and 11 touchdowns last year with California. Adding a veteran wide receiver to the team might not make a difference in the win loss column but it could give Mike Maccagnan some credibility when getting questions about this current, chaotic season. The Jets receiving core is younger than an elementary school and is in need of someone to step up to make a name for themselves.