The NY Jets lost their two most important offensive players for the season this past weekend in running back Breece Hall and offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, but another loss that shouldn't fly under the radar is that of wide receiver Corey Davis.
Unlike Hall and Vera-Tucker, Davis hasn't been ruled out for the season. In fact, his knee injury, officially an MCL sprain, might only keep him sidelined for 1-2 weeks. But his absence is going to be felt just as much as his fellow teammates.
Hall was the Jets' best running back. Vera-Tucker was their best offensive lineman. To this point, Davis has been their best wide receiver this season. His impact, however, extends far beyond just catching the football.
The Jets can replace Davis' targets. They might even be able to replace his production in the air. But they can't replace his role. They have no one who can do what Davis does as good as he does it.
Corey Davis is a major loss for the NY Jets
Davis is currently the Jets' leading receiver with 351 yards and two touchdowns on 19 catches through seven games. He's been a first-down machine for the Jets and one of the most effective players in the NFL at moving the chains.
Through seven weeks, 89.5 percent of Davis' 19 catches have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown. That's the highest mark of any wide receiver in the NFL with at least 15 catches.
He's been an ever-reliable presence in the intermediate passing game, but his value might be missed even more in the running game. Simply put, Davis is one of the NFL's best run-blocking wide receivers.
Davis' 80.1 Pro Football Focus run-block grade was among the highest of any wide receiver in the NFL a year ago. He's been instrumental in assisting a Jets running game that has carried the team's offense this season.
The Jets don't have another player on their roster who can fill that role. Denzel Mims is probably the next-best run blocker at the position on the team, but his inconsistencies and mental errors make him hard to trust.
Elijah Moore can take Davis' targets. Garrett Wilson might be able to make up for his production. Mims can replace his role as the team's best run-blocking wideout. But there is no replacing Corey Davis.
He's become an invaluable part of the Jets' offense, and his absence will be felt tremendously this week.