The New York Jets look to improve their lack of wide receivers on offense through Free Agency, NFL Draft and Trades.
The team is looking for a potential number one target to compliment Eric Decker and Percy Harvin. The Jets finished 4-12 last season under former Head Coach Rex Ryan. A new regime under Todd Bowles along with an experienced offense coordinator in Chan Gailey changes the style of play for the team. Three potential receivers can be a good fit in the offense with or without Jets Quarterback Geno Smith from the draft, trades and free agency.
3. Brandon Marshall (Trade)
Brandon Marshall last season with the Chicago Bears posted 721 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns and averaged 55.5 yards per game. He’s approaching age 31 this month and still has 3 or 4 good years in him. He can easily be the number one target on the Jets with his great hands, physical strength and deceptive speed. Marshall didn’t live up to expectations with lingering injuries and Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler not targeting him much. But his leadership and being considered as one of the best receivers in the game can solve some problems on offense if the Jets offer enough assets to trade for him.
2. Michael Crabtree (Free Agency)
Michael Crabtree had a down year last season with the San Francisco 49ers. He posted 698 yards, 4 touchdowns and averaged 43.6 yards per game. The 49ers are in a whole new regime with the departure of Jim Harbaugh and questioning if Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a franchise quarterback. Not all of the blame is on Crabtree, but when healthy he is a solid wide receiver. His experience and lengthiness can help stretch any offense. He is a borderline number one receiver, but snatching him in free agency is still a win for the Jets.
1. Amari Cooper (NFL Draft)
Amari Cooper is the best wide receiver in the draft. He had an outstanding college season at Alabama with 124 receptions, 1727 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. The closest player compared to him is Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants. He doesn’t have elite speed or the dominant size to create space against cornerbacks, but his route running and footwork makes up for it. He would make an immediate impact with the Jets if he falls to the sixth pick and pass on Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota.