6’5” and 220 pounds. That’s pretty much all you need to know, right? Well, it may be his size that has created a lot of buzz for undrafted free agent Lawrence Cager, as the Georgia receiver has caught some significant attention following his joining the Jets on Sunday following the conclusion of the NFL draft. Cager clearly brings his size and physicality to the wide receiver position with the Jets, who need bodies to compete and his potential could lead to a surprise roster spot.
Cager was a graduate transfer to Georgia for 2019 after spending his first four years at the University of Miami. In his first four seasons, Cager progressively built upon his prior seasons in games played, catches, and yards. In his lone season at Georgia, he had his best production of his college career with 33 catches for 476 yards and 4 touchdowns in only nine games, starting six of them. A late season ankle injury cut his season short in mid-November.
He has the size and body control to be an NFL wide receiver, and his frame and the way he uses it to his advantage is evident when you watch him. Cager’s big frame and athletic ability give him an advantage on jump balls, fade routes, and in the red zone, where most of his touchdown production came from. For a team like the Jets who struggled mightily in the red zone (21st in the NFL), a big, possession receiver who could win contested balls would give them an option they haven’t had since 2015 Brandon Marshall (no, I am not saying Cager is the next Brandon Marshall).
Cager’s size alone make him an intriguing player for the Jets. While the small success rate of typical undrafted free agents seems to stack the deck against him, a relatively weak receiver room opens the door for a surprise. The prospect of adding a 6’5 receiver to pair with Chris Herndon and newly drafted Denzel Mims (6’3”) make Cager an interesting name to keep an eye on through the summer.