NY Jets expected to sign veteran wide receiver Donte Moncrief

NY Jets, Donte Moncrief (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Donte Moncrief (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets are reportedly expected to sign veteran wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

The NY Jets are expected to add some additional wide receiver depth in the form of former Indianapolis Colts wideout Donte Moncrief.

As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets are planning to sign the veteran receiver once he passes his COVID-19 test.

It was reported last week that the Jets were planning on bringing Moncrief in for a tryout as the team continued its search for wide receiver help. That tryout finally came to fruition on Friday as he worked out at the Jets’ facility.

Evidently, the workout went well as the Jets have decided to sign him.

A third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Moncrief spent the first four years of his career with the Colts. His best season came back in 2015 when he hauled in 64 receptions for 733 yards and six touchdowns.

But injuries limited his final two seasons in Indianapolis as he missed a combined 11 games from 2016 to 2017. From there, Moncrief would sign a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he found moderate success.

In his lone season with the Jaguars, Moncrief finished with 48 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns. And after signing a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2019 offseason, the expectation was that he would serve as one of the team’s top receivers.

Ultimately, however, that never happened.

Moncrief struggled mightily early in the season racking up numerous drops and failing to make any positive impact. After just five games, the Steelers opted to move on from a player who was viewed as a starter going into the year.

The Carolina Panthers swooped in and claimed him off waivers, but he would play in just three games without recording a catch.

After working out with both the San Francisco 49ers and the Jets, Moncrief is ultimately signing with the latter in hopes of revitalizing his career.

The NY Jets could certainly use an experienced veteran receiver like Donte Moncrief.

The Jets entered training camp with a thin receiving corps on paper, and that position has only gotten thinner following a number of injuries.

Vyncint Smith will likely miss the early portion of the regular season. Josh Doctson opted out prior to the start of camp. And the likes of Denzel Mims, Breshad Perriman, and Lawrence Cager remain sidelined with injuries.

The Jets signed former New England Patriots’ receiver Chris Hogan earlier in the month in an attempt to combat these absences. But following Cager’s knee injury, it seemed likely that the team would sign another veteran.

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Moncrief is that veteran and he will now have a chance to earn a roster spot as part of a very inexperienced receiver group.