The NY Jets seemed like an ideal destination for wide receivers looking to make an impact, as the depth chart behind rising star Garrett Wilson wasn't looking very threatening. The shocking retirement of veteran pass-catcher Corey Davis only magnified those issues.
The Jets will likely keep multiple less-heralded players on the 53-man roster, with UDFAs like Southern Miss' Jason Brownlee and Stephen F. Austin's Xavier Gipson standout out as two of the more likely options to stick around.
However, the Jets may need to go dumpster diving and sort through the recently cut wreckage across the league to find a difference-maker.
The Cleveland Browns made the somewhat surprising move of releasing former third-round pick Anthony Schwartz. While he did suffer a concussion that prompted his release, the fact that a supremely talented speedster can be had by anyone who is proactive enough to get in contact is still an interesting development.
The Jets will likely hold their own internal options in high regard, but they would be foolish to look at Schwartz without considering the impact he could make. With one or two tweaks to his game and some improved route-running skills, the Jets could end up with a steal.
NY Jets should consider signing Anthony Schwartz
Schwartz is an Olympic-caliber athlete as a sprinter. Schwartz held the under-18 world record in the 100-meter dash from 2017 to 2022 while earning gold medals in the IAAF and Pan-American Games U20 Championships as a member of the USA's 4x100 team. He ran a 4.25 at Auburn's pro day.
Schwartz only recorded 14 catches for 186 yards in two seasons, which can be attributed to the fact he ran a very limited route tree in college and lacked the physicality to separate at the line of scrimmage. If Schwartz could add a few pounds without sacrificing speed, he could thrive in New York.
Schwartz is a much more high-ceiling version of Gipson, so the idea of swapping those two will make it more likely that Brownlee makes the roster and plays a significant role. This would also give veteran speedster Mecole Hardman a backup, all while Schwartz gets a mentor to learn from.
The Jets have shown they can find some gems in the camp cut miasma over the years, and Schwartz could be no different. If the Jets don't grab him, some team will take a chance on a supremely talented wideout in need of some direction.