NY Jets: ‘Highly unlikely’ that Breshad Perriman returns in 2021

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The NY Jets sought out a speedy, downfield replacement for Robby Anderson once the budding star left for Carolina last offseason. And that replacement turned out to be Breshad Perriman.

Unfortunately, it’s safe to say that strategy didn’t pay off.

And now, after one disappointing season in New York, it seems as though Perriman will be looking for a new home next year.

Connor Hughes of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Perriman was “highly unlikely” to re-sign with the Jets in the offseason. This report should hardly come as a surprise to anyone.

Breshad Perriman disappointed with the NY Jets

While Anderson soared to new heights topping 1,000 yards for the first time in his career with the Panthers, Perriman performed about as expected hauling in 30 catches for 505 yards in an injury-riddled campaign.

The former draft bust played just 12 games as multiple injuries forced him to the sidelines. And when he was on the field, he didn’t make the impact the Jets likely would have hoped.

In fact, he recorded fewer than 30 receiving yards in more than half the games he played. In many ways, it was the typical Breshad Perriman that we’ve come to know.

A boom-or-bust deep threat who struggles to stay on the field. That’s exactly what the Jets got — and it’s what they paid for too.

Rather than pay an extremely reasonable two years, $20 million for Anderson, the Jets felt that they would be able to adequately replicate his production with Perriman for one year, $8 million.

They were wrong. And to this day, it’s arguably the biggest black spot on general manager Joe Douglas’ resume.

The Jets will head into the offseason looking to upgrade at the wide receiver position, just as they did a year ago. This time, they’ll go in with two starting-caliber receivers under contract in dynamic slot receiver Jamison Crowder and 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims.

Crowder and Mims give the Jets a solid duo to build around, but additional help is needed. Perriman, however, isn’t the “help” they’re looking for.

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The 2021 NFL Draft and free agency should offer the Jets the opportunities that they need. As for Perriman, it seems as though he’ll go down as a one-year experimental failure.