Despite a lack of production on offense, the New York Jets will be just fine at wide receiver despite a big injury in the positional group.
With Quincy Enunwa expected to miss at least the next couple of games, and the recent move to cut Terrelle Pryor, you may think to consider wide receiver as a position of weakness for the New York Jets. The move to cut Pryor didn’t make sense to me, he was only expected to miss two weeks or so at the most and he was just becoming a key piece on the Jets offense. However, despite those two things, we should still be optimistic about the players Sam Darnold will be throwing to.
Last season, the two best receivers for the Jets were Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, we know what both of them are capable of. Newly acquired Rishard Matthews will be joining both of them in the receiving corps.
Last season, Matthews totaled 795 yards and four touchdowns in just 14 games. The season before that, he had 945 yards and nine touchdowns. Jets fans should be excited with what Matthews can bring to the table.
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Remember when tight ends were a nonexistent part of the Jets offense? Well, that certainly hasn’t been the case recently. Over the past two games, rookie tight end out of Miami Chris Herndon has 98 yards and two touchdowns.
He very easily could have three touchdowns over that stretch but one got called back as he was down at the one-yard line. The Jets need to get Herndon more involved as that would be another boost to their passing attack.
Enunwa’s recent injury and the decision to get rid of Pryor makes the wide receiver position on the depth chart thinner, but Darnold still has Anderson, Kearse and now Matthews to throw to.
We also shouldn’t be surprised if Deontay Burnett has a positive impact, because he was Darnold’s favorite target last season at USC. Burnett is easily another name to keep an eye on as the Jets continue on to their next opponent. This time, a road game in Chicago against the Bears.