Welcome back to the State of the Roster series here on The Jet Press. In the last article, I analyzed the running back situation and shared my thoughts on what the future holds for the NY Jets running backs.
In this article, I will be breaking down the current wide receiver room on the roster and offering my predictions for what the 2021 season will hold for them.
Who are the NY Jets wide receivers?
For the first time in a long while, the Jets have a deep and talented receiving corps, chock-full of experience and potential.
First up is new wideout Corey Davis, the 26-year-old former Tennessee Titans standout who signed with the Jets back in March on a three-year, $37.5 million contract.
Davis was originally drafted by Tennessee with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 Draft after several incredible seasons at Western Michigan.
The Chicago native seemed like a draft bust for the Titans until this past year when he finally produced at a high level. He was one of the top free-agent receivers available, and Jets general manager Joe Douglas made sure to sign him early in the free agency period.
Following Davis is veteran Jamison Crowder. Crowder, who turned 28 last month, is entering his third year with the Jets, and throughout his tenure has proven to be a reliable option in the slot.
The Duke product was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Washington Football Team. Following his rookie contract, he signed a three-year deal with the Jets back in 2019. He is entering the final year of that contract.
Returning with Crowder is Denzel Mims, Douglas' second-round pick from the 2020 NFL Draft. Mims, drafted 59th overall, was immediately considered a steal after a very productive senior season at Baylor.
He saw limited time last year due to injury and coaching decisions, but he will hopefully be a more significant part of this offense in 2021.
After Mims comes Keelan Cole, a 28-year old veteran who provided versatility and depth for Jacksonville for four years.
Cole went undrafted after playing three years at Kentucky Wesleyan, but immediately impressed as a rookie UDFA with 748 receiving yards and a couple of touchdowns.
Next up is probably the most exciting player of the group: Elijah Moore. Moore was drafted 34th overall in this past draft, and like Mims, he is already being considered a steal just months after the draft.
Moore played three seasons at Ole Miss, and after an excellent final season, he was viewed by the Jets front office as a top-25 player in the draft, only to stun Douglas by falling to pick 34.
These five players make up the bulk up the wide receiving corps. After them comes depth and potential cuts fighting for a roster spot, like Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith, Jeff Smith, and Lawrence Cager all of whom have seen sporadic playing time for Gang Green.
Of these players, the 25-year old Berrios likely has the best chance at making the final 53-man roster, considering his relatively heavier utilization last season.