Welcome back to another edition of the Turn On The Jets 12 Pack, brought to you by PrimeSport, official sponsor of the New York Jets.
The New York Jets have compiled an interesting collection of talent at receiver, with a healthy mix of veterans, John Idzik holdovers, UDFAs and Mike Maccagnan draft picks. Here is a run through of all twelve of them, an overview of their game and a projection for the 2017 role (or lack of a role). We included a GIF for each player because we are feeling extra generous. Every link on the player’s name goes to our film breakdown of him.
1. Eric Decker, 30 years old, 6’3, 215 pounds: Recovering from a pair of surgeries but expected to be ready for the start of training camp. If healthy, Decker is one of the 25-30 best wide receivers in the NFL and is under contract for reasonable money the next two seasons. The Jets haven’t traded him yet because they believe he still has another 2-3 highly productive seasons left, which is not something they believed to be the case with most, if not all, of the other veterans they cut. Decker can play in the slot or on the outside but anticipate him spending the majority of his time in the slot.
Projection: Jets starting slot receiver, who bumps outside in certain packages. 60-65 receptions, 5-6 touchdowns.
2. Quincy Enunwa, 24 years old, 6’2, 225 pounds: The team’s breakout player on offense last season. Enunwa is a unique talent who can block like a tight end, run like a running back and catch like a receiver. Due to their ignorance of the tight end position and draft capital investments in receiver, it is fair to assume we will be seeing plenty of Enunwa at H-Back in 2017, as well as wide receiver. He is a movable chess piece who is hopefully getting touches regularly manufactured for him. He is the highest ceiling Jets skill position player heading into this year.
Projection: Mix of Jets H-Back, slot receiver and outside receiver. 65-70 receptions, 6-7 touchdowns.
3. Robby Anderson, 24 years old, 6’3, 190 pounds: The 2016 UDFA racked up 567 receiving yards despite abysmal quarterback play, showing immense potential as an outside, vertical receiver. Despite a pending arrest charge (familiarize yourself with all the details before being the guy prematurely yelling for the team to cut him), Anderson is still a large part of the Jets future plans. However, he still needs to add bulk and will face competition for reps outside the numbers from 4th round pick Chad Hansen.
Projection: Predominantly outside the numbers in three WR sets. 40-45 receptions, 2-4 touchdowns
4. ArDarius Stewart: 23 years old, 5’11, 204 pounds: The Jets 2016 3rd round pick who is already a fan favorite and coaching staff favorite (spoiler, it isn’t news when the coaching staff loves a player they just drafted…they better love him). Stewart is a running back/receiver hybrid who will make plays after the catch and likely be used in the slot and out of the backfield. The Jets will be spreading the formation frequently so he should quickly find his way on to the field in three and four receiver packages.
Projection: Predominantly a slot receiver who is also used out of the backfield. Will see action in three and four receiver sets. 35-45 receptions, 1-2 touchdowns.
5. Chad Hansen, 22 years old, 6’2, 202 pounds: The Jets 2016 4th round pick. Hansen has an intriguing skill set for a fourth rounder and the talent to push for reps as a vertical threat in his rookie year. It is going to be interesting to see if he can push beyond just being a situational player in year one and leapfrog any of the names listed ahead of him here for reps.
Projection: Situational deep threat boundary receiver and factor in screen game who plays more as the season goes on. 20-25 receptions, 2-3 touchdowns.
6. Charone Peake, 24 years old, 6’2, 209 pounds: 2016 7th round pick, who flashed a little bit as a rookie in limited action. He is a forgotten man amongst Jets fans already but Peake has enough physical upside to have a legitimate chance to stick on the roster and contribute in certain situations. Considering his spot on the depth chart, he is going to need to make a special teams impact in some way though. He is probably best served playing outside the numbers on offense.
Projection: Borderline roster player who has limited impact offensively unless there is an injury.
7. Quinton Patton, 26 years old, 6’0, 205 pounds: A veteran minimum free agent signing from the San Francisco 49ers, where he was the quintessential JAG. Patton is a slot receiver who is a quality route runner but his prospects for making an impact on the 2017 team took a major hit when the team invested two mid round picks on a receiver. If he does stick, it would be to provide depth in the slot. If Decker is traded, his chances of sticking improve greatly.
Projection: Doesn’t make the final 53 unless Decker is traded.
8. Jalin Marshall, 21 years old, 5’11, 200 pounds: Everything Jets fans are saying about ArDarius Stewart today, they were saying about Jalin Marshall one year ago. Unfortunately for Marshall, he had an inconsistent rookie year, is now suspended for four games and Stewart projects to being a rich man’s version of him. Marshall is only 21, which could lead the Jets to being creative on finding a way to keep him around but I wouldn’t bet on him having much of an impact on the 2017 team.
Projection: Doesn’t finish the 2017 season as a member of the team, unless it is on IR for a phantom injury that allows the team to maintain his rights.
9. Devin Smith, 25 years old, 6’1, 198 pounds: As the last man standing on Smith’s hill, I’ve packed up my tent and left. He was the victim of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s incompetence his rookie year but simply cannot stay healthy as he is already out for the entire 2017 season. This is Mike Maccagnan’s first certified bust, with a capital B.
Projection: On IR all season.
10. Gabe Marks, 22 years old, 5’11, 189 pounds: A UDFA possession receiver who was highly productive at Washington State. Marks lacks the desired physical attributes to excel at the next level but has intriguing enough route running ability and hands to potentially stick on the practice squad.
Projection: Practice squad or cut.
11. KD Cannon, 21 years old, 5’11, 182 pounds: A UDFA vertical receiver who was highly productive at Baylor. Cannon has way more upside than Marks but won’t make it far into camp if he continues his habits demonstrated at 49ers minicamp. Similar to Marks, he is an ideal practice squad candidate.
Projection: Practice squad or cut.
12. Brisly Estime, 22 years old 5’9, 176 pounds: A UDFA from Syracuse who was brought on for his potential return ability. If he make a noticeable impact there and on other special teams, he may have a chance to stick around. He doesn’t project to contributing on offense.
Projection: Practice squad or cut.
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