The NY Jets will be looking for an upgrade at the wide receiver position this offseason. And they should have the luxury of plenty of options at their disposal both in free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.
With both a stacked free-agent crop and draft class of wide receivers, the Jets picked the right offseason to have a need at the position. And according to recent reports, they already have their eyes on two big-name free agents.
Both Smith-Schuster and Fuller are expected to hit the open market and represent two of the top names that will be available this offseason. It’s no surprise to hear that the Jets are interested.
JuJu Smith-Schuster and Will Fuller would each upgrade the NY Jets’ receiving corps
Smith-Schuster has perhaps made more headlines as of late for his off-field antics, but he’s proven to be a very capable receiver. Just three years removed from a 1,400-yard season, Smith-Schuster is only 24-years-old and one of the most intriguing names on the market.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have developed the likes of Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool in recent years making Smith-Schuster a little more expendable, but there will certainly be plenty of teams calling in free agency.
The former USC star hauled in a whopping 97 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020 as he bounced back following a disappointing 2019 season, likely due to actually competent quarterback play.
It’s unclear how his market will develop, but given his talent, prior production, and age, he likely won’t come cheap — even in spite of the off-field distractions.
As for Fuller, the former first-round pick has battled injuries throughout his career. But on the field, he’s developed into one of the most dynamic and consistent deep threats in the NFL.
In just 11 games in 2020, he managed career-highs in every major receiving category. Fuller finished with 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns, and would’ve likely finished among the top receivers in football if not for a late-season PED suspension.
The Jets could use another deep threat after letting Robby Anderson go in free agency and seeing the Breshad Perriman experiment predictably fail. And Fuller is one of the best in the league.
Fowler also mentioned that Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal is a “second-tier” option for the team, although Pascal will be a restricted free agent.
Pascal has quietly developed into a quality receiver in Indianapolis putting together consecutive 600-yard seasons. While not as flashy as the other two, he would be a solid signing if they could pry him away from the Colts.
The Jets will have a list of potential options to upgrade the wide receiver position this offseason. And it seems as though they’ve already narrowed down that list.