New York Jets Rumors: Team Interested in Darrius Heyward-Bey to Bolster Receiving Corps?

By Christopher Gamble
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The New York Jets need help on offense and defense and have a lot of holes to plug. One area they could use an upgrade in is wide receiver. They do have Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley but the Jets could use some reinforcements. Enter Darrius Heyward-Bey who was recently released by the Oakland Raiders.

Heyward-Bey never lived up to the hype that came with him being the number seven overall pick in the 2009 Draft but he wasn’t a complete bust. He caught 41 passes last season for 606 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. In 2011, he set career-highs with 64 catches and 975 yards and added four touchdowns.

Mike Florio reports that the Jets are interested in bringing in Heyward-Bey to bolster the receiving corps that recently lost veteran tight end Dustin Keller to the Miami Dolphins. The Jets need dependable targets for whoever wins the starting quarterback battle. Right now, Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy will be entering camp vying for the starting job. Whoever wins the starting job will need weapons and adding Heyward-Bey to the mix would be a step in the right direction.

There hasn’t been much interest so far in Heyward-Bey. The Detroit Lions have reportedly shown some interest and he could be a nice piece there to help replace Titus Young. However, if things don’t match-up with the Lions the Jets would be a good fit.

The Jets need to give their quarterbacks weapons and Heyward-Bey could thrive in an offense where he won’t be asked to be the focal point of the passing attack. It will be interesting to see if the two sides can come to an agreement.

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