4 biggest mistakes NY Jets GM Joe Douglas made this offseason

Joe Douglas deserves a lot of blame for the team's offensive struggles
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1. Everything with the NY Jets wide receiver room

Joe Douglas completely whiffed on every wide receiver decision this offseason. His handling of the Jets' wide receiver room might be the single largest issue facing the team's offense at the moment.

The Jets signed Mecole Hardman and promised him a larger role than the 50 percent of snaps he was playing for the defending Super Bowl champions. He played just 28 snaps before he was traded back to Kansas City.

Randall Cobb was signed to be a dependable depth wide receiver behind Hardman and the starters. He was elevated above Hardman, put together one of the worst stat lines to start a season the wide receiver position has seen in decades, and was subsequently benched for an undrafted rookie.

Of course, the Jets didn't plan for Corey Davis to unexpectedly retire, but they had more than enough time to address the position after his departure. Not to mention, many were screaming for the position to be addressed prior to Davis' retirement.

The Jets could've cut Davis and signed DeAndre Hopkins, effectively saving cap space in the process. Hopkins is on pace for roughly 1,200 yards in a bad Titans offense this season.

The team could've targeted one of the top wide receivers in the 2023 NFL Draft (Jordan Addison, Zay Flowers, Jaxon Smith-Njigba). Instead, they selected a rotational edge rusher who plays 5-10 snaps a game.

The Jets are paying Allen Lazard $44 million over four years to have the worst drop rate among any wide receiver in football. He's not a reliable WR2 despite what the Jets are paying him. His 2022 tape with Green Bay proved that.

The Jets put all their eggs in the wrong wide receiver baskets this offseason, and they're paying for it now. Douglas' handling of the Jets' wide receiver room this offseason is one of the biggest black marks on his GM resume to this point.