Andrew Fialkow with a breakdown of New York Jets positional group on the wide receivers…
- Robby Anderson
- Quincy Enunwa
- Jamison Crowder
- Josh Bellamy
- Deontay Burnett
- Deonte Thompson
Overview: This group, when healthy is a very underrated one within the NFL due to its lack of a “big name receiver.” The good news with this bunch is that the top three receivers are 27 or younger. Robby Anderson leads this group and is primed for a breakout season with Adam Gase letting him expand his role and route tree. It’ll be important that Gase lets Anderson out of his comfort zone as he was seen as a one trick pony as a vertical route runner last year. Quincy Enunwa is also an underrated piece for this group. He’s put together a 6.5 YAC average that’s fifth-best among NFL wideouts in years 2015-2018. The big signing in the offseason for this group was Jamison Crowder. Crowder will immediately be an upgrade for Darnold in the slot over Jermaine Kearse.
Throughout his career, Crowder has posted a 67.1% catch rate, while Kearse hauled in just 48.7% of his targets last year. This will be a huge help for Sam Darnold as it will be important for Crowder to be another safety blanket on underneath routes for Darnold to rely on. The problem in this group is the lack of depth after the top 3 receivers. Crowder will need to get and stay healthy for the regular season in order for this group to flourish. Bellamy, Burnett, and Thompson have all never had large roles in offenses, although Burnett has flashed at receiver at times (last year) and has the most potential out of the three of them. Another name to keep an eye on is Greg Dortch. As an UDFA he has an opportunity to make the roster and have an impact on special teams, and possibly at receiver although that may be a long shot with the veterans ahead of him on the depth chart.
Final Thoughts: This group needs to stay healthy, as they have three very good receivers, but a bit of a drop down after that. Easier said than done, but if healthy, this group will have a chance to be a well rounded one that will complement the running back position, which is the best it’s been in many years. While Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa will be relied on for the deeper routes, Crowder and Le’veon Bell will be perfect safety blankets for Darnold. Look for Robby Anderson to really break out as he is heading into a contract year, and will be used a lot more by Gase in different ways than he has in the past. Along with that, Crowder will have a huge role in the offense and if he can stay healthy will be relied on continuously throughout the season for the Jets. On the offensive side, it’s all about Darnold, and this group will have a good chance to elevate the 2nd year QB’s play.