New York Jets Should Not Pursue WR Riley Cooper in Free Agency
NFL Free Agency is coming and teams will have the chance to make improvements. I am not exactly breaking any news when saying that the New York Jets need more talented receivers. Santonio Holmes is expected to be released soon and really did not show up last year anyway. Jeremy Kerley, along with David Nelson, were New York’s only credible threats as 2013 ended. Yes, quarterback Geno Smith had his fair share of struggles last year. Trying to succeed however, becomes even more difficult when dealing with a subpar supporting cast. It is general manager John Idzik’s responsibility among others to help upgrade their receiving corps this offseason. Recently, I wrote about how New York should use connections from the coaching staff’s previous stops to recruit players.
Of course, this would include considering Philadelphia Eagles receivers since current Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was there for 10 years. Reports indicate that Philadelphia priorities Jeremy Macklin over Riley Cooper as both wide outs could be available shortly.
Macklin is someone I feel would help Gang Green despite health concerns. His explosiveness would stretch defenses for whoever starts at quarterback next season. Cooper is apparently more likely to be an option. During 2013 he recorded 47 receptions with eight touchdowns, and played very well when Nick Foles took over at quarterback.
Cooper brings good height while having enough speed to get open. Although his Kenny Chesney concert tirade was disgusting, and might create some locker room noise, my concern rests more on production sustainability. Prior to last season, Cooper’s career-high for catches in one year was 23. Perhaps Eagles head Chip Kelly’s scheme and Nick Foles’ emergence contributed in his high number of scores. Obviously neither of these things would help in New York.