5 Players New York Jets Should Pursue This Offseason

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5 Players New York Jets Should Pursue

4. Hakeem Nicks

Sunday night marks the end of an eventful 2013 New York Jets season. Tremendous ups and downs gave fans hope, but also took it away. Nine games in this upstart group was in contention for an AFC Wildcard spot. Lack of consistency proved to be a downfall in the quest for a postseason berth. Reason for optimism arose, however, as defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and rookie Sheldon Richardson all look like stars. Secondary issues hurt in pass coverage, however, youth at cornerback seems promising. More talent could be used to help the group of safeties though. Overall, head coach Rex Ryan continues to field a formidable defensive unit.

Three consecutive seasons sitting at home likely does not please Jets owner Woody Johnson, so uncertainty remains as to whether he will return next season. Depending on who the coach is, their offseason approach could be altered. When I look at Gang Green’s current roster, one major weakness stands out. Lack of explosive players at wide receiver hinders their ability to consistently wing games.

Depth is fine with David Nelson, and Jeremy Kerley represents a dynamic slot guy. Perimeter playmakers are needed, however, as overpaid malcontent Santonio Holmes should soon be on his way out.This year offers interesting college prospects and possible free agent targets. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith makes many mistakes, but has shown enough to make casting him aside difficult. Competition often brings out the best in athletes and should be considered. With all of this in mind, here are five players that should be on New York’s radar in these coming months.

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5. Jeremy Macklin

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Health represents a concern for Philadelphia Eagles wide out Jeremy Macklin. However, when healthy, he has demonstrated game-breaking speed. Macklin recorded 59 catches and seven touchdown only a year ago. These numbers would be welcomed by a thin receiving corps. A reunion with current Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg could also help.

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4. Hakeem Nicks

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Again, here is another NFC East receiver with injury trouble. Hakkem Nicks provides great size in red zone situations. If a speed option comes in addition, Nicks could provide the perfect possession option.

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3. James Jones

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Here is a speed demon in James Jones who can play outside. Despite a decline this year, he could be a good signing.

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2. Jarius Byrd

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I don’t know if Dewan Landry and Antonio Allen can be a starting safety tandem. Stealing Jarius Byrd from divison rival Buffalo Bills could present an upgrade in pass coverage.

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1. Michael Vick

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Okay, so this idea is a little out there. QB Michael Vick steers away from these receivers and defensive backs. He would, however, push Geno Smith as starter. Despite injuries, he remains mobile and strong armed.

Recent reports suggest that Vick might return to the Philadelphia Eagles, but if not, the Jets should at least give this veteran a phone call.

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