The NY Jets have completely revamped their wide receiver room over the course of the last two years. Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, and Garrett Wilson now occupy the top of the wide receiver depth chart in New York, with all three players having joined the team within the last two offseasons.
The organization has high hopes for its new-look receiver room in 2022 with the team's top trio of receivers expected to do wonders for their offense. But while Moore, Davis, and Wilson will likely be the talk of the regular season, a different wideout was making headlines this spring.
In fact, that wide receiver has been with the Jets longer than any other skill player on the roster (minus Trevon Wesco, believe it or not).
Former undrafted free agent Jeff Smith has hung around on the bottom of the Jets' roster for the last few seasons, and that seems likely to be the case again this year. Especially following a standout showing this spring.
The NY Jets had to be impressed with Jeff Smith's performance this spring
ESPN's Rich Cimini recently dubbed Smith the biggest "surprise standout" for the Jets from minicamp. The former college quarterback is looking to earn one of the final receiver spots on the roster this summer, and his performance at minicamp certainly helped his case.
"Known for special teams -- specifically, a gunner on the punt team -- Smith impressed with his production at wide receiver. He capped a strong offseason with a terrific, one-handed touchdown catch on a long pass by Zach Wilson."- Rich Cimini
Smith has played sporadically over the last three years with the Jets. The 25-year-old has amassed 26 career catches for 292 yards in 25 games, but as Cimini notes, perhaps his greatest value comes on special teams.
It's that very special-teams prowess that should allow him to secure a roster spot this summer, even ignoring his impressive spring. He's a favorite of special-teams coordinator Brant Boyer and arguably the team's best gunner on punt coverage.
There will always be roster spots for players like that in the NFL, especially if they can prove they have some value on offense. That's exactly what Smith is looking to do.
The Boston College product is competing with 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims for the No. 5 wide receiver spot on the depth chart, and right now, he certainly has the edge.
Mims had his moments this spring as well, but it will take a very impressive summer for him to surpass Smith on the depth chart.
Jeff Smith is doing everything he can to secure his place on the team. No player shined brighter than he did this spring.