Predicting who wins No. 3 wide receiver spot
As the New York Jets wrap up their organized team activities, training camp is around the corner as the battle for the No. 3 wide receiver spot will be a tough one.
The New York Jets are looking to bounce back from their 10-6 record of last year. It was a memorable season, one of which fans of the Jets won’t forget for a very long time. While they didn’t make an appearance in the NFL Playoffs, there is a ton of hope that they’ll replicate last season and make it this time around.
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Last season, the Jets’ receiving corps primarily consisted of both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Both of which had incredible seasons that saw them truly become one of the best wide receiver duos of 2015 in the NFL.
Of course one of the main issues with the Jets’ wide receiving corps, albeit the only issue, was outside of Marshall and Decker, the team got very little production out of the rest of their wide receiver corps. The No. 3 best receiving option on the Jets was running back Bilal Powell who totaled 388 yards, 47 receptions and two touchdowns coming out of the backfield.
If the Jets are to continue the momentum they had last season against a much tougher slate of opponents, it’ll come down to who steps up as the No. 3 receiving option on offense.
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Luckily for the Jets, they stocked up on talent this offseason to have a serious competition all summer long at the positional group.
With the unfortunate ACL injury to wide receiver Devin Smith, he might not be ready to play until the halfway point of the regular season.
Wide receiver Jalin Marshall will more than likely make the final roster but be more of a specialist on the special teams unit of the Jets.
Expect to see the competition for the No. 3 wide receiver spot be a fierce one between Quincy Enunwa, Kenbrell Thompkins and Jeremy Ross. It’s hard to predict who ultimately will win but an early prediction would be Enunwa with his familiarity on offense and ability to keep those chains moving.
Last season, Enunwa had a 14.3 yards per catch average and no matter who is under center for the Jets, should be able to have a very productive season if he earns the No. 3 starting spot.
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Overall, with all the talk about what ultimately will happen with the quarterback situation of the Jets, who steps up to relieve the pressure that Marshall and Decker will undoubtedly face this upcoming season is a top priority. It could be what pushes the envelope for the Jets in 2016.