Samuel is one of the most versatile weapons in the NFL. Whether aligned out wide or in the backfield, he is a problem for every defense.
If Samuel is made available, I would not be upset if general manager Joe Douglas parted with significant draft capital to trade for the All-Pro. Along with Elijah Moore and Corey Davis, he would give second-year quarterback Zach Wilson a dangerous trio of receivers to target down the field.
There’s just one issue. Despite Samuel’s trade request, San Francisco has no desire to trade their young star. Of course, the circumstances could change between now and the draft, but the outlook of a possible trade for Samuel looks bleaker with each passing day.
And you know what? That’s alright.
Don’t get me wrong, Samuel is a beast. However, wide receiver is arguably the most oversaturated position in the league.
Proof? In 2000, 30 wide receivers reached the 800-yard threshold. Last season, 37 receivers reached that same threshold.
The extra regular-season game is partially responsible for the increase, but there’s more to the story. Simply put, there are more talented wide receivers in the league than ever before.
Why does this matter? Why should we not call for Joe Douglas’ head if Samuel is not a Jet by Thursday night’s end? Let’s look at two reasons why there is no need to panic if the Jets do not trade for the All-Pro receiver.