The New York Jets are not only dealing with a major injury at wide receiver but truly lack a top playmaker in the positional group. They must make a trade to land a top wide receiver for the future.
It’s no secret that any quarterback that is developing, must have a few top playmakers to continue their progression. So far this season for the New York Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, that top playmaker on offense was Quincy Enunwa.
Unfortunately, Enunwa was hit with a high-ankle sprain injury and will be out until Week 9 or even Week 10 the latest. This doesn’t bode well for Darnold as he hasn’t developed such a chemistry on the gridiron with anyone else and the results clearly show.
With the Jets cutting Terrelle Pryor and others such as Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse having disappointing seasons so far, things aren’t looking good at all for the positional group. This is why it’s imperative they make a trade before the deadline (Tuesday, Oct. 30) for a top wide receiver not just for now but for the future.
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Darnold needs a consistent playmaker at wide receiver that can come right in and develop another strong connection just like he’s having with Enunwa. General manager Mike Maccagnan would be wise to speak to the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos respectively to gauge the interest in what it would take to acquire some of their rumored wide receivers on the trading block.
The Raiders want to trade Amari Cooper and the Broncos are open to trading Demaryius Thomas. Either wide receiver would be better than what the Jets currently have and would easily help Darnold’s continued development in the future. They both are veterans and would undoubtedly help him step up his game.
Time is ticking and the Jets are nowhere near being a playoff-contending team. It would be wise for Maccagnan to make a trade for either Cooper, Thomas, or another top wide receiver to at least have a building piece for Darnold’s bright future. Otherwise, this season will only continue to spiral out of control and when it comes to next year’s offseason, the Jets will undoubtedly need to add wide receiver to their growing list of areas to upgrade.