Wide receiver Chad Hansen has been extensively working on a particular aspect of his game in order to improve in his second season with the New York Jets.
Last season with the New York Jets, wide receiver Chad Hansen didn’t do much to separate himself from the rest. In 2017, Hansen totaled just 94 yards, nine receptions, and failed to score a single touchdown. He showed promise in his collegiate career at California but has had a bit of a rough transition to the pros.
Hansen knows in order to prove his worth, he had to elevate his game to be a difference-maker where it matters most on the gridiron. So far this offseason, Hansen has worked on a particular aspect of his game with hopes of moving up on a crowded depth chart once training camp arrives.
It’s all about the little things when it comes to a wide receiver that is capable to be a playmaker and be a force to reckon with. Hansen has the skill-set to reach such a level but it all comes down to his ability to deliver consistent results on a daily basis which boils down to being a good wide receiver that can haul in touchdown passes and keep those chains moving.
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In an article written by Randy Lange of NewYorkJets.com, here is what Hansen said he’s been working on all offseason long:
“As a receiver, your biggest asset is catching the ball, so I think that’s something I worked on in the offseason, getting my hands strong, trying to catch everything that comes my way,” he said. “Obviously, you can always get better at footwork and that was something that I worked on. Another thing is just getting stronger in the legs, lower body, and being able to be a little more explosive. So that was just a goal in the offseason and I think I accomplished that.”
Hansen has the potential to turn into a productive player on the Jets offense but it all comes down to if he’s able to make key receptions in those clutch moments in a football game. He must show that he can come up big in those big third-down conversions and develop into a real red-zone threat.
Besides that, it’s all about his route running, footwork, and bringing some energy every single time he’s on the field. That is what should separate him from all the other wide receivers in the positional group competing for roster spots as no player is safe from being a training camp casualty.
Obviously, the Jets want to see more out of Hansen and hopefully, his offseason preparations will help him show the coaching staff he’s ready to push the envelope this time around. Once training camp is officially here, it will be interesting to see how Hansen does his best to put everything together and deliver better results in his sophomore season.