Coming into the season, the NY Jets put together their deepest receiving corps in years. Now, that is not saying much given the underwhelming performances from receivers of late. But it was a reason for optimism coming into the season.
After two weeks, it may already be time to adjust expectations though. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is having his rookie hiccups, and the offensive line has been wildly inconsistent play-to-play.
Between the surrounding factors and the status of each individual player, let’s revise expectations for the Jets wide receivers in 2021.
The NY Jets' No. 1 receiver: Corey Davis
The lone player at the position who has lived up to expectations thus far is Corey Davis. New York signed Davis to a three-year deal to be their number one in free agency. He was coming off a career year with the Tennessee Titans, signaling big things to come from the former fifth overall pick.
In Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, Davis flashed his potential. He finished with five receptions for 97 yards on seven targets, as well a pair of touchdowns. Right out of the gate, it became clear that his connection with Wilson will be vital to the success of the team this season.
Week 2 was another story, though, as Bill Belichick was able to neutralize the 26-year-old wideout. Against the New England Patriots, he only had eight yards on two catches, as Wilson’s forced throws to him led to turnovers.
Of all the receivers, Davis has the best chance to break 1,000 yards this year. He would be the first Jets weapon to do so since Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in 2015.