4 NY Jets players who shouldn't be back next year (but probably will be)

The Jets have some difficult decisions to make

NY Jets, Allen Lazard
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3. Randall Cobb, WR, NY Jets

Objectively speaking, Randall Cobb has no place on the Jets' roster in 2024. He has no place on any NFL roster at this stage of his career. But we all know why it can't be ruled out.

The Jets signed Cobb to a one-year deal last spring with the belief that he'd compete for playing time toward the bottom of the wide receiver depth chart. After all, the Jets had just signed Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman and were returning Garrett Wilson and Corey Davis.

Surely Cobb would be little more than a depth piece competing for a roster spot, right? That's not exactly what happened.

Davis retired, and Cobb found himself working ahead of Hardman in training camp. The Jets went on to trade Hardman after playing just a handful of snaps, while Lazard struggled and was also benched.

This meant that Cobb ended up playing a whopping 210 offensive snaps for the Jets in 2023. He didn't do much with those snaps, recording just five catches for 39 yards all season. Still, he was a regular part of the Jets' offense for much of the year.

That cannot be the case in 2024. One of the Jets' primary goals this offseason should be to completely reshape their wide receiver room. They can't be relying on the likes of Cobb and a host of undrafted free agents next season.

Unfortunately, Cobb's close relationship with Aaron Rodgers and Nathaniel Hackett means that if he wants to continue playing football next season, the Jets will likely find a spot for him. That's the reality of the situation.