Jets taking risk on Marquess Wilson won’t pay off in 2017
The New York Jets made a lot of big cuts this offseason, especially at wide receiver. Taking a huge risk by signing Marquess Wilson won’t be worth it for this upcoming season.
When the New York Jets officially signed Marquess Wilson, it wasn’t exactly groundbreaking news. Darin Gantt of NBC Sports confirmed the Jets signed him but again, he doesn’t bring much to the table except minimal stats and an injury-riddled history.
In the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears, Wilson has totaled 777 receiving yards, 56 receptions, and just three touchdowns. When healthy, Wilson can be a decent wide receiver at best but at the end of the day, isn’t much of a difference-maker when on the field.
Coming off a broken foot injury means things won’t be easy as he works his way up the depth chart once training camp with the Jets arrives towards the end of July. After releasing both veteran wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, the Jets might lack some serious talent in the positional group.
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Quincy Enunwa is the only legitimate threat at wide receiver and even then, there isn’t much to brag about except a lot of younger players that will need time to develop.
If anything, the only feasible position that makes sense for Wilson to possibly make an impact in would be on special teams.
He possesses some decent speed as perhaps he could compete to be a special teams returner for the Jets since that aspect of the team is in dire need of talent. There is no guarantee he’d even be good at that but in the grand scheme of things, expectations are rather low for Wilson.
For all we know, he could be a training camp casualty, especially if others step up as he’s getting acclimated again to a full workload as a wide receiver or even a kickoff/punt returner if that’s the path he ends up taking. For now, however, this is a risk that the Jets took this offseason that won’t pay off at all this upcoming season. It would be surprising if he even ends up making the final roster of the Jets once all is said and done.