2 reasons not to panic if the NY Jets don't trade for Deebo Samuel

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NY Jets, Elijah Moore
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2. The NY Jets already have their WR1 on the roster

The Deebo Samuel trade rumors and the Jets’ attempt to trade for Tyreek Hill have led many to believe that the team is looking to find an alpha at the wide receiver position. However, would you believe me if I told you that the elite receiver the Jets are searching for is already on their roster?

That’s right. Elijah Moore, the team’s second-round selection from last year’s draft, is the real deal. The former Ole Miss receiver flashed in his first NFL season despite an anemic offense.

After getting off to a slow start, Moore exploded in the middle portion of the season. From Week 7 to Week 12, Moore caught 34 passes for 459 yards and found the end zone six times.

Over a 17-game regular season, those numbers equate to 96 receptions, 1,180 yards, and 17 touchdowns. To me, that looks like elite receiver production.

I know I am cherry-picking his statistics a bit, but Moore has the tools to reach elite-receiver status.  His route-running, play speed, and mental toughness set him apart from most young receivers in the league. 

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On the Jets roster, Moore has risen to the top of the wide receiver hierarchy, and, with all due respect to Corey Davis, Moore should enter camp as the Jets’ featured outside target. Good health permitting, Moore is primed for a breakout season in his second year.