Sam Darnold is faced with a whole new receiving core, but are the new Jets receivers ready for the challenge?
The departure of Robby Anderson left Sam Darnold and the New York Jets with some questions at the receiver position. New York went to work quickly adding Breshad Perriman in free agency this offseason. They also drafted Denzel Mims from Baylor in the second round of the NFL Draft. In the past two weeks, the Jets have signed Chris Hogan and are planning on signing Donte Moncrief, according to Ian Rapoport.
The #Jets are planning to sign veteran FA WR Donte Moncrief, source said, once he passes through his COVID-19 protocols. The former #Colts starter spent time with the #Panthers and #Steelers last year and recently worked out for NYJ, as well. He’ll provide depth.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2020
Who Sam Darnold Will Target With Jets
Jamison Crowder had one of his best seasons in the NFL last year with the Jets. He produced over 800 yards and six touchdowns to be one of the leading receivers on the team. His speed makes him a threat on offense and Darnold’s top receiver currently.
Perriman has been a disappointment since being a first-round pick in 2015 to the Baltimore Ravens. He has been known for his speed, but never lived up to being a deep threat he should be. Last season with Tampa Bay, he produced career highs in catches (36), yards (645), and touchdowns (six). There is some hope that Perriman can continue the restructuring of his career.
Mims and Hogan could be their third and fourth targets on the team. Hogan is new and may need time to learn the offense, but he should make for a formidable target for Darnold. As for Mims, he’s got plenty of speed and has good size at 6 foot 2 inches, but he’s an unproven rookie.
Darnold May Not Have Enough on Offense
With all the weapons the Jets have added for Darnold around him, it may not be enough for New York.
Running back Le’Veon Bell should play more of a factor in the passing game with Frank Gore contributing on the ground with Bell. The receivers are a solid group, but there isn’t a number one target. New York hopes that Mims will develop into a top receiver that Darnold needs. There are too many questions about the group.
Crowder is a good receiver but never blew up into a number one target. Perriman hasn’t lived up to expectations until last season which still doesn’t make up for his first-round status. Hogan was a great number three receiver for the New England Patriots but never broke out as a star. Mims will be an unknown until the season starts being a rookie.
New York is not expected to be a top team as many are predicting a bottom five in the league finish. The offense may not have enough in the tank to put a winning team together. If their youth can develop well this season, next year could be a better season for the Jets.