NY Jets: Offseason blueprint to fix the wide receiver position

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One of the many things NY Jets fans hope general manager Joe Douglas will do this offseason is upgrade the wide receiver position. Here’s how that can happen.

The NY Jets will be looking to upgrade the wide receiver position in the offseason. General manager Joe Douglas will have his hands full as he’ll try to revamp the position through free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.

But how will he and the Jets go about solving the position? Here is one possible blueprint for the Jets to follow in the coming months.

Re-sign Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson is the Jet’s best player at a position of need. Helping Sam Darnold needs to be the Jets’ biggest priority this offseason, and re-signing Anderson would do just that.

Anderson will likely end up being overpaid, but that happens to lots of players during free agency. Also, outside of Jamison Crowder, there isn’t a current Jets wide receiver worth trusting in a starting role, making re-signing Anderson even more important.

Sign Dez Bryant

Is Dez Bryant the player he once was? No. However, the former Dallas Cowboys receiver could be a good big play and red-zone threat for the Jets.

I want to be a part of a team where I’m not the focal point.. I have no problem not being the main guy…. I bet I do damage

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) February 6, 2020

Dez Bryant has become the Carmelo Anthony of the NFL. A big-name player who isn’t what they once were but has the ability to contribute to a team as a complementary piece after being out of the league for a while.

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Some will question Dez Bryant’s ability to be a good teammate, but if his tweet above is any indication, he just wants to win. Regardless, the Jets need to focus on getting talented players and the former Cowboys receiver certainly fits that description.

Draft K.J. Hamler in the second round

For the first time in three years, the New York Jets will have a second-round draft pick and they need to make it count. Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs are some of the receivers amongst the coming draftees that have gotten all the attention, but don’t sleep on K.J. Hamler.

You can’t teach speed. Two of the final four remaining teams this season, the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, had leading wide receivers who were second-round picks last April.

Nailing your second-round selection can go a long way, and Hamler could be just as good if not better than A.J. Brown and Deebo Samuel.

Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder, Dez Bryant, and K.J. Hamler would be the Jets’ four-best wide receivers in this scenario.

Additionally, Darnold would also have Le’Veon Bell, who has proven to be a good pass-catcher out of the backfield, and a solid tight end duo in Ryan Griffin and Chris Herndon at his disposal.

Superstar wide receivers definitely help, but they aren’t needed. You can win with a good group of receivers who can all make plays.

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Jamison Crowder and K.J. Hamler would provide lots of yards after the catch, while Robby Anderson and Dez Bryant can deliver the big plays. Giving Sam Darnold a good wide receiving core will ultimately help his development.