NY Jets: Elijah Moore could be the team's X-factor in 2021

Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) drives into the end zone for a touchdown past Vanderbilt
Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) drives into the end zone for a touchdown past Vanderbilt / George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via

The NY Jets spent a second-round pick on Ole Miss' Elijah Moore with the hopes that he'd be one of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson's favorite targets.

This is a team that's relying on their rookie quarterback to turn things around for the organization and, as a result, they made sure to give him one of the best receivers in the draft as a solid target.

Moore has been getting a lot of hype this summer and Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report has him as the Jets' X-factor for the 2021 season.

Here's what Sobleski had to say about the rookie from Ole Miss:

"Moore has been a standout throughout camp. But the second-rounder suffered a quad injury last week. There's hope he'll be back next week, according to The Athletic's Connor Hughes. A healthy Moore could easily be the top target in the offense, even with Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder on the roster."

Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report

Moore slipping to the second round was surprising considering what he was able to do during his time with the Rebels.

He hauled in 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns through just eight games last year, showing that he can be the electric wide receiver that Wilson needs during his rookie year.

Elijah Moore is the NY Jets' X-factor this year

The Jets already had talent at wide receiver, making it tougher for Moore to make an impression but he's overcome the odds. His impressive training camp has partially led to Denzel Mims, last year's second rounder, getting buried on the depth chart.

Moore will have to compete with a deep wide receiver corps for playing time, but if he continues to excel, it will be impossible to keep him off the field.

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Moore's injury is unfortunate but if he's healthy and ready to go when the Jets take the field against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, look for him to be one of Wilson's favorite targets and help put the Jets offense on the map.