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2014 NFL Free Agency: Scouting The WR Options


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With the NFL Free Agency about to begin on Tuesday, the New York Jets have their eyes set on filling their needs. One of the team’s biggest needs is to sign and/or draft one-two wide receivers.

The top free agents at the wide out position that would fit great in the Jets offensive system are Eric Decker, Emmanuel Sanders, and Andre Roberts. If the Jets sign one of these receivers and draft a wide in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jets offense will improve greatly.

Decker appears to be the best wide receiver in the year’s free agency. He is a reliable and solid red zone option, putting up 24 touchdowns over the last two years. Even with the new addition of Wes Welker and breakout season by Julius Thomas in 2013, Decker posted 11 touchdowns along with his career-best 1,288 receiving yards. When comparing the wide receivers that are entering free agency, Decker is substantially better than the other options. However, the price may be too high for the Jets.

Sanders is just a little less talented than Decker, but he will be a lot cheaper. He has the speed to burn cornerbacks as shown when he scored a long touchdown reception against Antonio Cromartie and the Jets. His hands are great, only dropping two of his 112 targets. The Jets have had Sanders on their radar and may go with him over Decker come Tuesday.

The last player that could be a perfect fit for the Jets is Roberts. Roberts, like Sanders, has reliable hands, making tough catches from his quarterback. He can also separate from receivers due to his speed and ability to run accurate, crisp routes.

All three receivers have the ability to improve this Jets offense; who are in dire need of a wide receiver – or two. Whether it be this free agency period or draft day, there will be at least one receiver added to the team.

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