For the last several seasons, the New York Jets have had a relatively unimposing group of playmakers, which has made it difficult for them to accurately evaluate the play of their quarterbacks under center. There are still quite a few question marks surrounding the wide receiver group as training camp winds down, but the unit appears to have more potential to shine than it has in a long time.
There are a lot of signs pointing to a breakout campaign for second year wide receiver Elijah Moore. The Jets were excited about his potential coming out of college, and he was able to show legitimate flashes of what he could bring to the table. As a rookie, he scored five touchdowns in the last five games he played, and showed an enhanced chemistry with quarterback Zach Wilson. He would unfortunately miss the final five games of the season with a quad injury, but Moore appears to have the type of explosion and playmaking ability New York needs. He also received a carry in five games last season, so don’t be surprised if he is utilized in the backfield as well.
The Jets spent the 10th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson. He had an impressive college career, catching 12 touchdowns in his final season on campus. Fortunately for New York, he appears to be the type of player that can bring a well rounded skill set to the team. He is fast enough to beat defenses deep, but is also deemed to be a good route runner who can excel in the intermediate part of the field as well. If Wilson is able to adjust to the NFL quickly with his jack of all trades ability, it could give the Jets flexibility to line up their pass catchers all over the field.
In the last two drafts, the Jets have selected players who they are very high on, which has relegated Corey Davis a bit further down in the depth chart. Once a very high draft pick himself, Davis is not lacking in talent, but has had some trouble staying healthy, including in his first season with the Jets. He still figures to be a notable part of New York’s plans on offense, and might come more into play as a red zone or chain mover. Davis is a few inches taller than either Wilson or Moore, which could also mean that Zach Wilson would prefer to use him on tight sideline throws.
With New York’s receiving corps decimated by injuries down the stretch of last season, Braxton Berrios stepped in and played well. In a perfect world, the Jets would likely love to have their high profile pass catchers ascend into elite options, but Berrios proved last year that he can get separation underneath and serve as a security blanket if necessary.
On the outside looking in would appear to be Denzel Mims. A former second round pick out of Baylor, Mims looks to have been passed on the depth chart and in the pecking order. He’s still young and could have an impact in the NFL at some point, but is a prime candidate to be cut or traded before Week 1.