Heading into his second year in the league, Chad Hansen is ready to take on a bigger role in his sophomore campaign with the New York Jets.
Wide receiver Chad Hansen had little opportunity in 2017. He wasn’t even targeted until Week 9 of the season. Gradually, the New York Jets worked him into the lineup. He had three targets in four of the final seven games of the season. All in all, he played more than fellow rookie ArDarius Stewart, who was used as a running back more than a receiver.
The Jets have only further expanded the receiving room. With Quincy Enunwa returning, and Terrelle Pryor joining the team, Hansen may have a rough time finding more reps. He has been playing well so far in the offseason, and he must continue to do so if he wants to see the field.
2017 SEASON REVIEW
2017 was a very quiet rookie season for Hansen. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse were the only receivers to make an impact on the offense. Out of the 279 total targets to wide receivers, 216 of them belong to Anderson and Kearse. Hansen was targeted the fourth most out of the receivers, behind Anderson, Kearse, and Jeremy Kerley. Hansen’s 2017 stat line consisted of 17 targets, nine receptions, and 94 yards. Hansen’s role increased after Kerley’s release.
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2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
With Enunwa returning and Pryor joining the team, Hansen may have a hard time finding reps. He may find his chance at the beginning of the season, with Anderson possibly facing a suspension. When the whole receiving group is active, Hansen may be listed as WR5.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
The 2018 offseason has been going excellently for Hansen. He appears to have made multiple strides since the end of 2017. With Pryor and Enunwa possibly starting out camp sidelined, Hansen can start out as the third best receiver and camp. Hansen should easily make the 53-man roster, barring any injuries.