NY Jets wide receiver depth chart
• Starters: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims
• Backups: Keelan Cole, Vyncint Smith, Jeff Smith, Lawrence Cager, Matt Cole, Josh Malone, D.J. Montgomery, Manasseh Bailey
The Jets are vastly improved at wide receiver from where they were a year ago, but so much of their success will be contingent on the health of their new outside tandem.
Corey Davis is the Jets' new go-to guy in the passing game, and his physicality could prove to be a great asset in the team's pass and run game.
COVID-19 restrictions and injuries derailed the start of Denzel Mims' rookie campaign a year ago. His availability early on will be crucial for his development and the team's success.
The Jets have plenty of speed and size on the outside, but the versatility of free-agent pickup Keelan Cole stands out and could prove useful during the course of a long season.
NY Jets slot receiver depth chart
• Starter: Elijah Moore
• Backups: Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios
The Jets are as deep at the slot receiver position as they are anywhere else on the roster. The fact that either Moore or Crowder could be starting the season as backups attests to that.
The writing is on the wall for Elijah Moore to assume the starting duties almost immediately. Going into the 2021 NFL Draft, Moore was a red star player for many of the Jets' scouts and coaches. Moore is expected to be a significant contributor from day one.
The writing could also be on the wall for Jamison Crowder, not only as the team's starting slot receiver but as a Jet overall.
Crowder may not be happy with his current or future status with the team, but from Gang Green's perspective, you can never have enough reliable targets for a rookie quarterback. Keeping Crowder would be a wise decision.
Keelan Cole shows up again on this chart, and with good reason — he is one of the Jets' highest-paid and most talented utility players.
Braxton Berrios could have a hard time making the roster. Berrios has proven to be a reliable and versatile depth piece in recent years, but the numbers game could push him off the team.
Playing in Berrios' favor is his added value on special teams, and he might need that aspect to hold off some of the Jets' younger players.