The NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Monday afternoon, at the end of business, is the end of the trading period for the 2013 NFL season. The Jets, as we know, have been much better than most expected, with a 4-3 record. They are hanging onto the playoff race, fighting for the second wild card spot.
The question is, should the Jets be buyers?
The name we are hearing most often is Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon. Let’s talk both sides of this debate, and I’ll leave you with my opinion overall.
The rumor is that the Jets are offering, or are willing to offer, Kyle Wilson and a high draft pick. Most of the fan base, our friend Nick Spano excluded, would not be that upset to see Kyle Wilson go. He certainly has been a guy that has underperformed as a member of the Jets. Kyle has not fulfilled the promise that comes with a first round pick, that’s for sure.
Josh Gordon is certainly a player that would help this team. 6’3″, 225 pounds is the size you love to have in a wide receiver. The Jets have had a receiver of that size for two separate stints during Rex Ryan’s tenure. At 6’3″, 214 pounds stood one Braylon Edwards.
His performance would certainly give Geno Smith and company a boost. In five games in 2013, Gordon has already amassed 27 receptions for 450 yards and 2 TDs, averaging over 90 yards per game. He is also averaging over 16 yards per catch, certainly the numbers of an able downfield threat. So far, Josh has also averaged 5.1 YAC per reception, which tops all Jets’ receivers not named Santonio Holmes. This also makes him a good fit for a West Coast style offense.
This comes after a 2012 rookie season where Josh posted 50 receptions for 805 yards and five TDs. He averaged of 16 yards per catch in 2012 as well, marking a CONSISTENT deep threat. He is also a clutch receiver, with 62 of his 77 career receptions to date leading to first down conversions for the Browns.
He also could be a guy used in alternative plays, Wildcat/pistol plays..etc. He hasn’t been used on the ground much, only twice, but is averaging 11 yards per carry. The talent is there, and it is obvious.
So, where is the downside? Well….