Jets must eye former first-round WR as trade target following latest moves

The Jets could add one more wide receiver.
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The NY Jets have a new trio of top wide receivers, as emerging star Garrett Wilson has been joined by free agent acquisition Mike Williams and No. 65 pick Malachi Corley. Allen Lazard has been relegated to WR4 duties. Even with this new talent, the Jets should be in the market for more perimeter talent.

The Jets lost one of the top free agent targets still on the market, as veteran Tyler Boyd signed with the Tennessee Titans to reunite with former Bengals OC Brian Callahan. The Titans' big three of DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, and Boyd could force a former first-round pick out of the picture.

Former Arkansas star Treylon Burks appears to be on the outside looking in after this move. The former first-round pick was an inadequate AJ Brown replacement, but he could be a worthwhile gamble for the Jets to take if he becomes available.

Burks might be trade bait as soon as the Boyd contract becomes official, as it makes no sense for the Titans to let someone with his talent wither on the vine. Given Williams' injury problems and Corley's inexperience, New York could be a worthwhile spot for Burks to finally get on track in the pros.

NY Jets could consider Treylon Burks trade after Tyler Boyd signing

Burks has just one touchdown in two professional seasons, recordingjust 49 catches and 665 yards in that span. His generally iffy route-running and less-than-amazing speed have both been roadblocks for the sculpted 6-2, 225-pound receiver to stick in the pros long-term.

Burks had the misfortune of playing next to a quarterback in Ryan Tannehill who was on the 18th hole of his professional career. The constantly changing offensive schemes likely didn't help him accommodate to life in the pros. The always controversial Todd Downing, who is the Jets QB coach and passing game coordinator, helped Burks average 40 yards per game as a rookie in Tennessee.

Adding Burks would set up a competition between him and Corley for the No. 3 spot. Even if he ends up winning this battle and relegates Corley to WR4 work, a fully realized Burks could be good enough to eventually replace Williams on the outside with Corley behind him.

Burks is a dart throw and a bet on his tools, but anyone shoveling dirt on his career after just two seasons if foolish. Tennessee's loss could very easily be New York's gain.