Jets 4th round selection WR Jalen Saunders is a perfect fit for Morninweg's offense

Jalen Saunders - What He Brings To The Jets


Jalen Saunders 

Height – 5’9

Weight – 165

Age – 21

40 – 4.37

2013 - 61 Catches,  729 yards and 8 TDs

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Jets fourth round pick WR Jalen Saunders has been defying the odds pretty much his entire football career.  At 5’9 165 pounds, Saunders is the kind of WR that has always had to overcome his shortcomings ( no pun intended) by becoming better and “taller” in other areas of his game.  He’s not your “Prototypical” NFL WR, but he doesn’t have to be in order to be what the Jets need in their offense.

Saunders brings a special skill set to the game that only a few WRs bring.  Yes, he has the perfect attributes to be thrown into the slot, a place where I think he can excel, especially in Marty Mornhinweg’s offense.  He does however, bring more to the team as he’s a very skilled return man and should help the Jets in that area immediately.  The Jets were one of the worst kick return teams in the league last season and they could undoubtedly use Saunders in that area.

Saunders reminds me a bit of WR Jeremy Kerley in that he’s shifty, quick and can cut on a dime at a moments notice.  Saunders is a very solid router runner for a WR of his size, though his size may ironically may be the reason he’s such a good route runner.  As I stated previously, his shortcomings forced him to elevate other areas of his game, one of which undoubtedly was route running.

Here’s an example of Jalen Saunders’s route running on display at Senior Bowl Practices back in January……




Saunders will bring quickness, toughness, speed,  shiftiness and solid depth to the Jets WR corp.  He will give Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg another toy to add to the passing game which will allow him to play with many possibilities in the formations.  Both Saunders’s and Kerley’s skill set present major match up problems for opposing defenses.  Their quickness, shiftiness and cut ability can be lethal in the right formations.

Can you imagine a formation with Kerley and Saunders stacked in the slot position.  TE Jace Amaro on the opposite side with Decker split out wide and RB Chris Johnson in the backfield, but comes in motion and stacks up behind Saunders and Kerley?   No matter what defense the Jets are playing, that’s a high percentage formation every Sunday guaranteed.

We know what WRs like Saunders cant do.  We know what their limitations are, but the Jets should be able to capitalize on what Saunders can do and that’s quite a bit.  Saunders is a very talented WR, but he’s raw and it shouldn’t take long for the Jets to discover what he brings to the table.  As an Alabama fan, trust me, I already know.







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  • AC

    We desperately need a returner, but if the Jets planned on drafting a guy like Saunders for that reason, why pick up Ford? We have wayyyy too many receivers on the roster right now and some of these guys are gonna get weeded out, probably not someone who was already signed in free agency. The Jets are gonna drop some guys like Salas, Clyde Gates, etc., but probably at least one of the draft picks as well. Don’t think it will be this guy but it was a curious pick in my opinion to say the least. Short fast guys can make it in college but have a harder time in the pros without a QB with excellent accuracy. The Jets don’t have that QB yet, although he may be one day. The guy could be the greatest route runner in the world, but if the ball is thrown to the wrong place, its not gonna help much.

    • Paul Newbold

      Why pick up Ford at all? He’s been injured since entering the league, but is expected to miraculously stay healthy and add the deep threat the Jets desperately need?! Or was it the reported lack of effort, or the questionable work ethic he displayed in Oakland that clinched the deal? Sanjay Lal had his chance to develop Ford in his time in Oakland! I just can’t figure out why the Jets think he can turn this kid around now? To be honest I’m still wondering why they resigned Lal this off season! Now we give him a pair of fourth rounders and a sixth rounder? Maybe I’m missing something, but I haven’t seen him develop anything since he got here! Maybe this will be the year?

      • AC

        True. Its a lame signing. Basically getting another Clyde Gates at best.