4. The NY Jets can turn to Jason Brownlee
Shifting away focus from free-agent targets, the Jets also have some in-house candidates to replace Davis. The first is Jason Brownlee, who has emerged as a candidate to make the roster even before Davis left the team.
At 6'3" and 200 pounds, Brownlee lacks the physicality that Davis or the free-agent targets would bring but would add tons of athleticism and speed to the receiver group. In fact, Brownlee is coming off his best preseason game so far, posting four catches for 50 yards on six targets playing with Zach Wilson and the second offense.
So far this preseason, Brownlee has managed to grab eight passes for 77 yards in limited work. In his final season at Southern Miss, Brownlee caught 55 passes for almost 900 yards and eight scores. He can clearly handle a heavy workload.
The Jets don't need Brownlee to replicate the effectiveness of Davis right off the bat as Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, the other tight ends, and running backs can cover the load for most of the way.
However, if Brownlee can become a reliable pass catcher on the outside and use his big frame to his advantage, the Jets can certainly have their replacement for Davis already on the roster.
5. The NY Jets can turn to Malik Taylor
Another player already on the Jets, Malik Taylor is currently banged up and failed to play in their last preseason game. However, Taylor does have some experience in the league and has chemistry with Rodgers.
Taylor spent the last two seasons in Green Bay with Rodgers but only saw nine targets across 25 games. He caught seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown but gained invaluable experience playing alongside Rodgers every day. You have to think that Rodgers would already feel comfortable throwing to Taylor given their reps in practice the previous two seasons.
Taylor flashed his ability in the Hall of Fame Game earlier this summer when he brought in a gorgeous Zach Wilson deep ball down the sideline for 54 yards.
Of course, this was against a backup cornerback, but if Taylor could find a way to stretch the defense on the outside regularly, he would provide a big help to the offense.
At 6-foot-1, he does not possess the same size as a Julio Jones or Sammy Watkins, but at 220 pounds, he is most certainly physical enough to fill the void left behind by Davis. When healthy, Taylor could certainly be the Jets' replacement for the now-retired wideout.