How will the NY Jets wide receivers perform in 2021 and beyond?
The reason why this group was not rated higher is that there certainly are question marks. Will Davis be able to handle the WR1 role? Will Moore live up to his hype?
What about Mims? After not being able to produce much as a rookie, the 23-year old is reportedly practicing with the third team in training camp.
Realistically, with an extra game this season, Davis should reach 1,000 yards, and Crowder will not be too far from that mark either.
However, with the way he has impressed during training camp thus far, perhaps Moore could also start producing right out of the gate as a rookie.
Or maybe offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur values Keelan Cole's experience and gives him a starting role for Week 1. There are truly many options at the position.
I would predict that veterans like Cole and Crowder start with significant roles but are eventually replaced by Mims and Moore respectively as the season progresses. Davis will likely be the WR1 for the entire season.
Additionally, with a new coaching staff in place, don't be surprised if an under-the-radar player like Berrios or Jeff Smith ends up with some role in this offense.
Predicting success for this receiver corps, though, insinuates that rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is able to give them a chance to succeed, maybe a somewhat steep ask for a rookie who faced very suspect defenses in college.
Still, it's fair to have high expectations for this group. The past two offseasons have seen two second-round picks and two contracts with contract AAVs of over $5 million invested at the position.
Likewise, I would go as far as saying that how these receivers fare in 2021 and beyond will speak volumes about Douglas' talent evaluation.
There is a lot to like at the wide receiver position of the NY Jets. One noteworthy aspect about this group is that its core — Davis, Mims, and Moore — are all under contract for at at least three more years.
With longevity being likely at the position, Zach Wilson should be able to develop chemistry with his receivers during his rookie contract, and this Jets offense should be able to develop an identity over the next few years.
Jets fans have not seen much excitement at the wide receiver position since the 2015 season with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker shredding opposing pass defenses week-in and week-out.
Perhaps the receiving corps that Douglas has built in New York could become one of the top groups in the league, and Gang Green could finally reclaim a pass offense that strikes fear in opposing defenses.