Best way to utilize rookie ArDarius Stewart

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart /

If the New York Jets want to see eventual growth from this team, they will have to use rookie wide receiver ArDarius Stewart similarly to how the Carolina Panthers will likely use Christian McCaffrey.

The New York Jets have a good talent on their hands if they use wide receiver ArDarius Stewart correctly. Stewart has a lot of things about his game as they can use him and get him playing time to be a difference maker on the gridiron. Prior to him getting drafted, scouts were raving about his speed, strength, and competitiveness.

First of all, he’s functionally fast. Steward had average 40 speed at the combine (4.49), but he’s much better in games and should be utilized in the slot, where the Jets have a need.

Secondly, he’s strong. He has the capability of breaking tackles of defensive backs, and he can beat the jams at the line of scrimmage. This gives the Jets a matchup edge in the slot.

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Third, his speed and strength also give the Jets an option in the running game, whether it’s on a reverse play or how the Packers originally intended to use Ty Montgomery, on plays designed for him in the backfield.

Finally, Stewart can be used as a kick returner to utilize all of those assets. He did have limited action as a kick returner in college, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t use him in the pros in that role.

According to Connor Hughes of, ESPN’s Todd McShay had this to say about him:

ESPN [Todd McShay]:  Stewart is a tough competitor with the burst, determination and top-end speed to produce after the catch and potentially return kickoffs in the NFL. He’s a natural pass-catcher who has above-average body control and good length for his frame.

Stewart needs to get the ball in his hand, and they need to try to get his feet wet early in his career. They have so many avenues to choose from. Let’s see what this young man can do with the ball in his hands in 2017.

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