Wide receiver Chad Hansen continues to draw some serious buzz this offseason for the New York Jets. Could he be a pleasant surprise in training camp leading to more playing time this upcoming season?
When it comes to wide receiver Chad Hansen, he’s the kind of player that has major potential to thrive once he puts everything together. Hansen didn’t do much to make a case for himself to earn playing time last season but he’s slowly coming along towards being more productive. Especially heading into his sophomore season with the New York Jets.
So far during organized team activities, Hansen has been doing very well. He’s running his routes well and during team drills, has been consistent in hauling in passes from all three different quarterbacks on the roster.
Of course, it’s just June and to believe Hansen is ready to be a No. 1 receiving option on offense is too premature to talk about. For now, he’s showing that his offseason workout regime is giving him an edge early before training camp has even started.
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How much of an edge? One that had reporters noticing his number was constantly targeted and was hauling in passes with ease and precision. In an article written by Darryl Slater of NJ.com, here is what he observed regarding Hansen during the start of mandatory minicamp for the Jets:
Chad Hansen’s productive spring continued, as he caught everything that came his way. Could Hansen be putting himself in position to perhaps be the Jets’ No. 4 receiver? If so, who would he bump out? Jermaine Kearse won’t give up his spot in the pecking order easily. He showed off strong hands Tuesday while holding on to a high pass from Sam Darnold.
This is great news not only for Hansen but the receiving corps of the Jets. Aside from Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, the Jets need more playmakers in the positional group. If the Jets are going to continue rebuilding the right way, it’s imperative that a young player like Hansen develops towards being a No. 2 or even No. 3 receiving option in the future. Obviously, sooner rather than later.
For now, Hansen is competing for a final roster spot as he tries to find his role on offense. The news of him continuing to impress this offseason will undoubtedly help his cause towards securing such a spot.