The NY Jets are expected to be in the market for wide receiver help this season. It's unclear how aggressive the team will be in pursuit of a receiver before the regular season begins, but most expect the team to explore the market as the year goes on.
Garrett Wilson is a star and a true No. 1 wide receiver. His growing connection with new quarterback Aaron Rodgers has many believing the Jets could boast one of the best quarterback/wide receiver duos in the NFL this season.
The depth behind him, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
The Jets signed Allen Lazard this offseason, reuniting him with his longtime quarterback in Green Bay. Lazard is a fine starting-caliber wide receiver, but his inconsistencies as a route runner and with his hands make him a low-tier WR2 at best.
Then there's Mecole Hardman, another free-agent addition this offseason. Hardman has game-breaking speed and will have a role in the Jets' offense, but it's telling that he's seemingly fallen behind Randall Cobb in the pecking order.
Lazard is a strong WR3. Hardman is probably a fringe WR3/WR4. Cobb is firmly a WR4 at this stage. The Jets are one Garrett Wilson injury away from laying claim to one of the worst wide receiver rooms in the NFL.
Fortunately, Rodgers' pay cut, combined with Corey Davis' surprise retirement, has given the team plenty of financial flexibility in both 2023 and 2024. They have the ammunition to make a high-profile move.
Let's take a look at three star wide receivers the Jets could target in a trade at some point this season.