7 wide receivers the NY Jets should target at the trade deadline

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7. The NY Jets could trade for Terrace Marshall

An under-the-radar acquisition that makes a lot more sense on paper once you dig deeper is former LSU standout Terrace Marshall.

Like potential Jets target Hunter Renfrow, Marshall has been phased out by new arrivals on his team. Unlike the other options listed in this article, Terrace Marshall is not a guaranteed instant starter, but his talent is hard to ignore.  

From a physical tools standpoint, there's a lot to like with Marshall. At 6-foot-2 with 4.40 speed, the former 2021 second-round pick has shown out when given an opportunity in limited duty. He can take the top off defenses and win downfield.

Last season, he received an 88.6 receiving grade from Pro Football Focus on targets 10-plus yards down the field. On those throws, he had 18 receptions, six of them contested catches, for 382 yards (21.2 yards per catch) and a 117.4 passer rating when targeted (20th among wide receivers).

Very quietly, Marshall also led the league in 2022 with a 19.2 yards per-catch average over the final 12 weeks of last season. He's the kind of player that the Miami Dolphins would've likely added to their speed factory if not for their latest acquisition of the enigmatic Chase Claypool.

Marshall won't command much on the trade market, and he is under the attractive component of being on a reasonable rookie deal that doesn't expire until after the 2024 season.

The drawback to acquiring Marshall in midstream of the season is finding an immediate role for him in a new system. He has experience playing in the slot but is better suited to be on the outside.

On top of that, he doesn't have special teams value. Terrace Marshall could be Denzel Mims revisited in terms of struggling to be activated if he doesn't have a starting role, but his upside and talent are undeniable.

With Randall Cobb's age, Allen Lazard's history with injuries, and the departure of Mecole Hardman, the Jets need to add another talent to their receiving corps.

They should be swinging for the fences, looking for someone who can be a legitimate top-two target in their passing attack, but if not, Marshall is the type of player the Jets should add if they deviate away from making a big splash.