NY Jets WR Corey Davis has been a first-down machine in 2022

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Few players were as disappointing for the NY Jets in 2021 as wide receiver Corey Davis. The former top-five pick signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract with the team last offseason and proceeded to put together what was likely the worst year of his career.

From drops to injuries, Davis was a major letdown for the Jets in his first season in green and white. However, he's not only found his groove again in 2022, but he's been arguably the most clutch receiver on the team — perhaps in the entire league.

Through six weeks, 89.5 percent of Davis' catches have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown, per CBS Sports. That's the highest percentage in the NFL among qualified receivers (min. 15 catches).

Davis currently leads the Jets in receiving yards with 351 on 19 catches, 17 of which have resulted in either a first down or touchdown. He's also one of just two Jets receivers with more than one touchdown this year along with rookie Garrett Wilson.

He's arguably been the Jets' most productive and clutch wide receiver in 2022. Davis is doing his best to put a difficult first season in New York behind him.

Corey Davis has been an integral part of the NY Jets offense this season

Davis' first year with the Jets didn't exactly go as planned. The former Tennessee Titans wideout played just nine games before a core muscle injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

In those nine games, Davis recorded just 34 catches for 492 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, he finished with a whopping five drops — the most since his rookie season.

Davis was unreliable and inconsistent in 2021 which is what makes his resurgence all the more impressive. If anything, Davis has been the Jets' most reliable pass-catcher this season.

Garrett Wilson has four drops in six games. Elijah Moore has a pair of drops to his name as well. As for Davis, he's only dropped one pass through six weeks. The Jets clearly trust him, and that's evidenced by the number of snaps he's been playing.

Davis has been on the field for 78 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps this season which only trails Moore among wide receivers on the roster. This past week against the Green Bay Packers, Davis played a total of 45 snaps. Moore played 30. Wilson played 22.

This was primarily due to the Jets' reliance on their running game as Davis is one of the NFL's best run-blocking wide receivers. Given the success the Jets have found on the ground in recent weeks, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Davis continue to lead the team's wide receivers in snaps.

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Corey Davis has completely transformed the narrative. He's gone from unreliable to the most dependable receiver on the roster. And that's the role the Jets always envisioned for him.