3 former NY Jets players shining with their new teams

Will these players be the ones that got away?
NY Jets, Elijah Moore
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2. Elijah Moore

Of the three departures on this list, the Elijah Moore one was undoubtedly the ugliest. The 2021 second-round pick seemed like a potential building block of the future following an impressive rookie season.

Moore entered the 2022 season as the Jets' de facto returning WR1, but he struggled to get involved in the offense early in the year. That prompted Moore to infamously request a trade from the organization, despite the Jets sitting at 5-2 in the midst of a three-game winning streak.

Moore's relationship with the Jets never recovered, which is why it didn't come as a shock when he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in a swap of Day 2 draft picks earlier in the offseason.

Both sides needed to restart. Moore needed a change of scenery, and the Jets were ready to move on with players who actually wanted to be there. In many ways, the split was good for both parties.

Moore is quickly proving that in Cleveland. The former Ole Miss standout has been "the offensive star" of Browns training camp and has wasted little time establishing chemistry with his new quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

The Browns are even finding creative ways to get the football in his hands, as evidenced by his backfield snaps in the team's preseason opener. Moore looks primed for a big first season with the Browns.

The Jets likely don't regret their decision to trade him. After all, he didn't want to play for them. Still, it isn't fun to see him thriving with his new team.