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NY Jets 2021 Training Camp State of the Roster: Wide Receiver

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How did the NY Jets wide receivers perform in 2020?

Many of the current NY Jets receivers saw great success in 2020. First, Davis posted an impressive 984 yards in 14 games played, a 1,124 yard pace had he played the full 16-game season.

Pro Football Focus (PFF) gave Davis a fantastic grade of 86.9 for the year, declaring him the 10th-best receiver in football.

While he was not the primary option on an offense that possessed stud receiver A.J. Brown and top running back Derrick Henry, Davis did produce effectively when called upon.

Crowder also performed well for Gang Green this past season, accumulating 699 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games, in addition to receiving an impressive 75.3 PFF grade.

Crowder also threw a highlight-reel 43-yard touchdown to Berrios in Week 16 against Cleveland, helping the Jets earn their second and final win of the season.

The veteran slot receiver was the most heavily used wideout last season for the Jets, as he led the team in targets by almost 30 looks despite playing only three quarters of the season.

Unlike Crowder, Mims saw minimal playing time, as he was initially sidelined by injury and later underutilized by then-coach Adam Gase.

With the few snaps he did get, Mims picked up 357 yards on 23 catches and earned a solid 69.4 PFF grade. The speedy 6-foot-3 target will hopefully take on a larger role in the offense moving forward.

Next, Cole proved to be reliable depth for Jacksonville, racking up 642 yards and five touchdowns. In fact, Michael Nania of Jets X Factor notes that Cole is the top receiver in terms of reception percentage on contested throws over the past three years, according to PFF.

From 2018-2020, Cole caught 65.5 percent of contested throws, good for first in the NFL over that span. Davis actually ranked fifth in the league in the same stat. Evidently, between Cole and Davis, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson will have sure-handed targets to pass to.

Finally, Moore was electrifying in his final year at Ole Miss, posting 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in just eight games. The 5-foot-9 speedster displayed elite quickness in college and is already impressing early on in training camp.

Berrios also contributed 394 yards last season and Jeff Smith added some production as well, but neither enjoyed much of a role in the offense last year.

Overall, this is a very talented group of players with both a high floor and very high ceiling. For that reason, I would give them a grade of somewhere between 7.5 and 8.0.

Davis is still a young player who showed reliability and sure-handedness in a career year last season. Moore has the potential to be elite in this league, and Mims is still up-and-coming with great size and speed.

Add in Crowder, who is as dependable as a slot receiver could be, as well as solid depth in Keelan Cole, and you get a talented and versatile group with both budding youngsters and experienced veterans.

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