3 NY Jets players whose job is in jeopardy after the draft

NY Jets, Jamison Crowder
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Jamison Crowder, NY Jets
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1. Jamison Crowder, WR, NY Jets

Rumors swirled prior to free agency that the Jets could look to move on from their 2020 leading receiver in Jamison Crowder. Crowder was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise abysmal Jets offense last year, but his contract made him somewhat expendable.

The 27-year-old is set to carry an $11.3 million cap hit into 2021, but he could be cut with just $1 million in dead cap saving the Jets over $10 million. Crowder is a good player, but the Jets flirted with signing a replacement in free agency.

They were reportedly interested in both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Curtis Samuel during the free-agency period — two players who would have likely replaced Crowder's role in the offense — before both players signed elsewhere.

For the moment, it appeared as though Crowder's job was safe and that he would finish out his contract with the team. Then, the Jets managed to land Ole Miss standout Elijah Moore with the 34th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Moore was widely seen as a first-round talent who slipped into the early second round. He has inside/outside versatility, but is expected to be more of a true slot receiver in the NFL.

Is Moore Crowder's immediate replacement? That much hasn't been made clear. But the Jets have certainly pegged him as their slot receiver of the future and he's someone who will, at the very least, take snaps away from Crowder in 2021.

The Jets could ultimately opt to keep Crowder on the roster and roll into 2021 with a stacked top-five featuring Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, Crowder, Moore, and Keelan Cole. It would make for one of the deeper wide receiver groups in the NFL.

Or they could look to trade him or even cut ties and release him if they're looking to save some cap that could roll over into next offseason.

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Crowder isn't guaranteed to lose his roster spot, but he'll likely see a decrease in targets, at the very least, with Moore now in the fold.