NY Jets: Wide receiver is still the biggest need on the roster

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The NY Jets completely reshaped the wide receiver position in the offseason, but it’s still their biggest need.

The NY Jets may have just drafted second-round pick Denzel Mims and signed Breshad Perriman in the offseason, but is it enough to get them by when the season starts?

The Jets could use one more wide receiver to open things up on offense for Sam Darnold. Perriman totaled for 645 yards in 2019 along with six touchdowns while slot receiver Jamison Crowder had 883 yards and the same amount of touchdowns.

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The team also has Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith, and Josh Doctson as depth options as well the aforementioned Mims. However, neither of those players — with the exception of Mims — represent viable starting options.

A quarterback can make his wide receivers look better than they are and vice versa. However, it’s important that Darnold has a solid group of receivers to help him take the next step in 2020.

The Jets and their longtime suffering fans can only hope that Mims pans out and meets expectations, as his contributions to Darnold’s success would be huge. We can hope Darnold-to-Mims becomes a connection that Jets fans can look forward to for years to come.

What could the NY Jets do to address the wide receiver position?

It’s still a little early to say, but the Jets should absolutely consider drafting a wide receiver in 2021. It may be too soon to tell, but it’s safe to say that the Jets appear to be lacking at the position despite offseason improvements.

The offensive line and defense look revamped — particularly at cornerback. I think it’s time to build up the wide receiver position in the next NFL Draft.

General manager Joe Douglas has done a lot to improve this rebuilding franchise. He solidified the offensive line and the cornerback position. The defense has improved under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

But the wide receiver position still remains a mess. And the current crop of receivers on the roster doesn’t appear to be all too promising.

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The Jets still have a hole at the wide receiver position and they’ll have to wait until next offseason to fully address it.