New York Jets: Where Can Help Come From? AFC Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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Who will these quarterbacks be throwing to Week 1?

With all of the injuries and uncertainty at wide receiver along with the lack of depth at tight end the Jets will have to piece together the rest of roster watching teams who have excess talent at those spots for final cuts or trade opportunities. That being said I have gone through the AFC teams looking for players who could shake free and help the Jets.

The Bengals have a glut of wide receiver talent starting with AJ Green, Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones. On the backend they have Andrew Hawkins who has been compared to recent draftee Tavon Austin for his speed, shiftiness and return skills, Brandon Tate who is another player who fills multiple needs as he is one of the best punt returners in the league, and Roy Roundtree who is a shifty with good route-running skills who starred at Michigan. At the end of the preseason the Bengals will have hard decisions to make, Roundtree should shake free and Hawkins or Tate might be available for the right price.

Another avenue for the Jets to take is to look at players in the last year of their contract who could benefit from a change of scenery. Kenny Britt is a very talented wide receiver who is a Rutgers product who resides in New Jersey. Britt was a first round pick in 1999. He is also in the final year of his contract with more than his share of run ins with police to his name and coming off of problems with both knees. Britt has a lot to prove this season on and off the field and if the Jets bet on him, and it pays off they may find a long-term option at wide receiver. Those watching Titans OTAs have seen a return of Britt’s explosion which was missing in a disappointing 2012. Jon Baldwin of the Kansas City Chiefs has been a first round disappointment through his first couple of years in the league. He has been labelled as lazy and is in Andy Reid’s dog house already. He is holding off Donnie Avery for now but that is another situation that bears watching. He has averaged 14 yards per reception in his career and is 6’4″ and 230 pounds.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    it sounds like some of those solutions may already be on the roster. i’m reading môre and more about hayden tearing it up in otas. i know they’re otas and no pads and all that, but keep in mind a year ago this guy probably didn’t even know how to put the pads on. i get the feeling he is gonna be our uncoverable tight end, finally, after all these years. i’m also reading really good stuff about zach rogers, who is also handling punt and kick returns, if i read right. so now we’re looking and ben the new guy, hill, kerley, rogers, hopefully we see holmes sooner than later, but he’s really the wild card here. do we get 16 strong games? is that overly optimistic? i think if one of the higher upside guys you mentioned becomes available we should check them out but i wouldn’t go grabbing a guy like britt. too many issues and he don’t seem to be learning from them. one thing for sure, hill really needs to be getting some reps. the exercise bike is not gonna help him too much once the season begins. he should probably be spending more time in the pool than on the bike. we need badly for him to step up this year or it’s gonna make life much more difficult for the offense. if he can’t do it then rogers would have to and that’s a lot to put on a rookie udfa.

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