4 former NY Jets who still need a team for the 2022 season

NY Jets, Tyler Kroft
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NY Jets, Keelan Cole
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1. Keelan Cole, WR, NY Jets

The Jets had pursued wide receiver Keelan Cole in a trade for a number of years before they were finally able to sign him in free agency this past offseason.

The former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout had enjoyed an up and down career in Duval County, although he never quite lived up to the potential he showed in his rookie season.

A former undrafted free agent, Cole was one of the surprises of the 2017 season when he went on to lead the Jaguars in receiving as an undrafted rookie. Cole hauled in 42 catches for 748 yards and three touchdowns while playing all 16 games.

However, he failed to follow up on that success in his subsequent seasons, certainly not helped by an ever-changing supporting cast and subpar quarterback play.

Cole joined the Jets on a one-year, $5.5 million contract last offseason, and he failed to make the impact the team likely hoped he would. Despite numerous injuries at the wide receiver position, Cole was unable to take advantage of his increased opportunities.

The 28-year-old finished with 28 catches for 449 yards and a touchdown in 15 games. Again, poor quarterback play didn't help matters, but he wasn't exactly the reliable depth receiver the Jets hoped he would be.

Cole's best role is as a depth WR4/WR5 who could pitch in occasionally on special teams. Given his disappointing season in New York, it's hard to imagine the Jets are looking to bring him back.

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Some team will sign him, likely within the next month or so. Don't expect that team to be the Jets, though.