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

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This week the Jets invited tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker to the mandatory mini-camp that starts Tuesday at Florham Park for a tryout. Winslow would be an excellent option at tight end and Sims-Walker would be adequate depth at wide receiver. However both have a history of injuries so while I hope their tryouts work out (especially Winslow) the team still needs to be on the lookout for help at both positions.

Last time we looked at AFC players that could help, you can see that article here. Today we look at the NFC. The team that has the greatest depth at wide receiver is the Philadelphia Eagles. Nobody quite knows what to expect with Chip Kelly and his high-powered offense coming in from Oregon except that it will be fast and wide open. They have Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Greg Salas, Arrelious Benn, and Demaris Johnson. Avant is not the speed receiver that Kelly craves (4.73 40 yard dash) he is more of a good route runner who knows how to get open. Demaris Johnson is a slot receiver on the rise who is a dangerous playmaker.

Arrelious Benn has been injury-riddled but he was a 2nd round pick with 4.4 speed. Greg Salas is versatile and can return punts and Riley Cooper is a big red zone target. The Eagles can’t keep all of them, especially with three starting caliber tight ends as well in James Casey who is a talented blocker, Brent Celek another talented blocker who has made a living catching balls up the seam and rookie Zach Ertz a well-rounded tight end from Stanford. According to Rotoworld, Celek is behind both Casey and Ertz on the Eagles early depth chart and Avant was working with the defensive backs briefly so those two might be available.

That is good news for the Jets because Celek would be a huge upgrade at tight end over Cumberland and Avant is a polished route runner that knows how to get open and would definitely improve the Jets offense. Add onto that, Marty Mornhinweg was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia for the careers of Celek and Avant putting together a scenario that would make this a match made in heaven. I don’t think the Jets would be able to land both but they should be able to trade a mid to late round pick for either one once final roster cuts are near.

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