New York Jets: Signing Mohamed Massaquoi Brings Receiver with Unfulfilled Promise

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The New York jets tried their best to upgrade their wide receiver position. On Thursday, New York signed veteran wide out Mohamed Massaquoi. Here is a player who performed well while in college at Georgia. Massaquoi caught 158 passes for 16 touchdowns.

While that only averages out to four scores per season, a career-high eight were recorded during his senior year. This improvement created positive buzz from NFL scouts as he was selected 50th overall in 2008 draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Standing at 6-foot-2’ gives him good size and an ability to get better position against defenders .While speed may not be Massaquoi’s most dangerous weapon, he is fast enough to make plays. With all of these factors, one would think that this receiver would enjoy a solid career.

So far, he has struggled to make much of an impact while only catching seven touchdowns in four seasons. After leaving Cleveland, Massaquoi signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this offseason. He was released only months later.

Gang Green’s struggles at this position are well known and have been further complicated as Braylon Edwards continues to recover from injury. An unclear prognosis on Santonio Holmes’ recovery lingers. Clyde Gates has speed to stretch defenses, but should not be view as a reliable outside threat.

There also must be improvement from Stephen Hill. Players now are battling for roster spaces and while Hill, Gates, and Holmes are considered likely locks, competition could emerge between Edwards and Massaquoi for a final receiver spot.


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