Quarterbacks can’t be judged without established receivers
By Richard Rodgers
It’s been an inconsistent training camp for the quarterbacks of the New York Jets thus far. However, it’s very difficult to fully judge any of the signal callers without any proven receivers to throw to.
After releasing veteran receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in the offseason, the New York Jets were expected to have one of the worst groups of wide receivers in the NFL. A training camp neck injury to new and promising number one receiver, Quincy Enunwa, made the unit even weaker.
These same low expectations followed the team’s three quarterbacks. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown has been regarded as one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league for years while youngsters, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, haven’t even come close to proving themselves.
Being that it’s a rebuilding season, one of New York’s main goals is to see whether they have the quarterback of the future on their current roster while also seeing if McCown is worth keeping around beyond this season. Though, without any proven commodities at the receiver position, it will very tough to get a gauge on any of the signal callers.
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Whether it be Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or any other successful quarterback in the league, it’s impossible to find one who hasn’t had at least one or two wide receivers who have proven that they can be productive.
It’s crystal clear that a quarterback needs to have an experienced, go-to target to be successful.
On top of that, it’s difficult for a young quarterback such as Petty or Hackenberg to adjust to the NFL with a plethora of proven talents at the receiver position. With a receiving corps as weak and inexperienced as the Jets have, it makes it that much harder for a young quarterback to adjust to the pace and overall difficulty of the pros.
McCown is also a prime example of this if you take a look back at his career. While playing with very limited talent in Cleveland for the past two seasons, McCown saw many struggles. When he reached the pinnacle of his career with Chicago in 2013, he was passing to the likes of Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett.
Keeping this in mind, it’s important not to judge or label any of the team’s quarterbacks this season. Remember how important proven wide receivers are to a quarterback and an offense.
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