The NY Jets defeated the New York Giants in Week 8 to improve to 4-3 on the season. With the win came multiple injuries, including two on the interior offensive line in Connor McGovern and Wes Schweitzer.
The Jets also have some issues at wide receiver. Not only did they trade Mecole Hardman last week, Randall Cobb was inactive against the Giants, and besides Garrett Wilson the receivers that did play had their own issues. Allen Lazard had a few drops, and Xavier Gipson missed a portion of the game with an injury.
The Jets are in need of some offensive line depth and a No. 2 wide receiver. Here are five players they can trade for before Tuesday’s deadline.
NY Jets trade targets
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
Hunter Renfrow is the fan favorite to be the Jets trade deadline addition, and it’s easy to see why. The Jets have struggled to convert on third downs this season, and Renfrow had 131 first downs in his first 59 career games.
The Raiders are barely using Renfrow, so it’s no secret he would be available. He has played in all seven games, starting two of them and seeing only 12 targets.
Over his first three seasons, Renfrow was one of the better pure slot receivers in the NFL. He had 2,229 and 15 touchdowns over his first three seasons and was a Pro Bowler in 2021.
The last two have not been as good. He had just 330 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last season and only has 73 through seven games this season.
He’s clearly not a part of the Raiders offense. Perhaps the Jets can get him and try to get him back to his previous self.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy is another intriguing option at wide receiver. The Denver Broncos are 3-5 and are said to be sellers heading into the trade deadline. Jeudy, a former first-round pick, has one year left on his contract after this year and has been a productive receiver over his three-and-a-half seasons in the NFL.
His best season came in 2022 when he had 972 yards and six touchdowns in just 15 games. Jeudy would certainly be an upgrade over Allen Lazard as the No. 2 wide receiver for the Jets.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
Similarly to Jeudy, Courtland Sutton is another Broncos wide receiver that they could be looking to sell. Sutton has two years left on his deal after this season and would give the Jets an upgrade at the second receiver spot.
Sutton is a bigger receiver, 6-foot-4 and 216 lbs. He has been on the Broncos since 2018 and was a pro bowler in 2019. Sutton tore his ACL in 2020 but has been productive with 750+ yards in 2021 and 2022, and he’s on pace for that again in 2023.
Sutton and Jeudy both have connections to the Jets, with Nathaniel Hackett and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni having been in Denver.
Sutton, Jeudy, or Renfrow would give Zach Wilson (and maybe even Aaron Rodgers) another much-needed weapon this season.
Ezra Cleveland, OG, Minnesota Vikings
With all of the injuries the Jets have on the offensive line, whether it is a free agent or trade, they need to add some offensive linemen. Ezra Cleveland might be the best realistic option available.
Cleveland was a second-round pick back in 2020 — he caught eyes with his impressive 4.93 40-yard dash time. Since getting drafted, he has developed into a quality guard for the Minnesota Vikings.
Per Pro Football Focus, Cleveland has earned a 70.0+ run-blocking grade each season except his rookie year and is in the middle of his best pass-blocking season with a 72.3 pass-blocking grade.
The Vikings have struggled this season and just lost Kirk Cousins for the season with a torn Achilles. They could be looking to sell, and Cleveland would be a top target for the Jets.
Daniel Brunskill, OL, Tennessee Titans
Another potential offense line addition is Daniel Brunskill. Brunskill is a versatile offensive lineman who spent many years in San Fransisco with Robert Saleh.
Brunskill has NFL experience at all five positions, which would be extremely valuable to the Jets, who seem to lose offensive linemen every week. He signed with the Titans this offseason and is their starting right guard. In 250 pass-blocking snaps, he has allowed 14 total pressures.
The Titans are 3-4 on the season and could be sellers, although now that they have moved to rookie Will Levis as the starting quarterback, they might not be in the business of trading starting offensive linemen.
But if they are open for business, Joe Douglas would be wise to make a call.