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Early expectations for ArDarius Stewart

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: ArDarius Stewart #18 of the New York Jets makes a catch against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: ArDarius Stewart #18 of the New York Jets makes a catch against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Heading into his sophomore season with the New York Jets, wide receiver ArDarius Stewart is hoping to separate himself from a crowded positional group.

This offseason, the New York Jets stacked up big time at the wide receiver position. They added some veterans and have a lot of returning faces coming back to continue where they left off from. Ideally, the Jets will likely keep six, maybe even seven wide receivers heading into the upcoming season. Where does this leave ArDarius Stewart?

In the grand scheme of things, Stewart is hoping to prove his worth and make sure that the decision makers on the Jets know he can be a viable threat on offense. Unfortunately, he didn’t do much of anything last year in his rookie season with the Jets to show that’s a player on the rise or anything.

In 2017, Stewart totaled 82 yards, six receptions, and failed to score a single touchdown. Of course, it was his rookie season but at the end of the day, he didn’t make much of an impact when he had opportunities to showcase his skillset.

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When the Jets selected him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, they were hoping to get a player that could develop towards the next level since he was a decent player out of Alabama. In his collegiate career, Stewart totaled 1,713 yards, 129 receptions, and 12 touchdowns.

Heading into training camp, Stewart finds himself in a crowded situation at wide receiver with very little room for errors. He’ll need to prove that he can return to being a speedy and solid route-running receiving option like he was with the Crimson Tide and not find himself buried towards the bottom of the depth chart again.

Stewart has been quiet this offseason but hopefully, he is ready to compete and prove he’s worth keeping around. For now, he finds himself on the outside looking in and if he’s not careful, could end up being a training camp casualty. No spot is ever guaranteed on an NFL roster so hopefully, he’s ready to step up and deliver this time around.

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