The Jets signed Davis to a three-year, $37.5 million deal in the offseason in an attempt to bolster their wide receiver corps. And just comparing the units side-by-side, it's easy to see a drastic improvement from last year.
But while many have praised the Davis signing and see him as a potential game-changer in New York's offense, others seem to disagree.
James Fragoza of Pro Football Network recently put together a list of the "most overrated" player on every NFL team and Davis received the unfortunate honors for the Jets.
Is Corey Davis the most overrated player on the NY Jets?
Fragoza had the following to say about his decision to choose Davis.
"Corey Davis is the case of a good player receiving too much hype. He broke out in 2020, hauling in 65 receptions for 984 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Jets decided to bring him in as their new WR1 for rookie QB Zach Wilson. The thing is, Davis isn’t a WR1. He wasn’t in Tennessee, and he won’t be in New York. Davis will pick up first downs and catch passes, but he won’t strike fear in defenses or produce 1,000+ yards or 10+ touchdowns in a single season."- James Fragoza
Davis has had somewhat of an up-and-down NFL career since entering the league in 2017. The fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, expectations were obviously high for Davis coming out of college.
He never quite reached the heights he was expected to in Tennessee, partially due to injuries, partially due to lackluster quarterback play early in his career, and partially due to his own inconsistencies.
However, he's made significant strides over the last couple of years to improve.
Davis finished the 2020 season with a career year hauling in 65 catches for 984 yards and five touchdowns — all of which were career-highs.
This was despite missing a pair of games and playing second-fiddle to A.J. Brown in a run-heavy Titans offense. Davis would have easily surpassed 1,000 yards had he played all 16 games.
The analytics also support that his performance may have been even better than his production.
Davis was Pro Football Focus' 10th-highest-graded wide receiver in 2020 earning an elite 85.6 grade — easily the best of his career. And just seven wide receivers in the entire NFL had a higher passer rating when targeted.
Corey Davis was a very good player in 2020, so much so that you could easily make the argument that his "draft bust" label makes him underrated.
If not Davis, who would be the Jets' most overrated player? It's a difficult question given how low-key most of the team's roster is given their lack of recent success.
Perhaps you could point to C.J. Mosley, but only if the national audience is expecting him to return to his pre-2019 form. That's probably wishful thinking.
Pinpointing a "most overrated" player on the Jets is difficult. Even still, Corey Davis feels like an odd choice.