The New York Jets have pretty much made it clear that for their team to once again be playing in the NFL playoffs, they need a much better WR corps. Expected to make some serious changes to their offensive playmakers at the position, the Jets plan to rebuild via free agency as well as through the 2014 NFL Draft.
Many rumors are circulating as to which free agents they plan on making some serious offers to, but one thing is for sure — the Jets definitely need to draft a top WR; the kind of player who can make big plays, be a deep threat and score many touchdowns.
Last season, the Jets had one of the poorest productions out of their receivers compared to the rest of the NFL. Their best player was Jeremy Kerley, who had 523 yards with just three touchdowns. That’s right, just three. If any team plans to make an impact in the NFL playoffs, they’ll definitely need more than three touchdowns out of their top receiving target.
That’s why it’s crucial the Jets not only be smart buyers in free agency, but also have a strong draft. A high-graded draft makes the ultimate difference between pretenders and contenders.
For starters, the Jets need to grab a quality free agent to immediately establish a veteran presence at the position — perhaps someone like Golden Tate or Eric Decker to truly move the Jets into the right direction. The ideal scenario is to have a dynamic duo of an established veteran and a top prospect out of the draft combining for major damage against opposing defenses.
WR Marqise Lee of USC fits that kind of player who would thrive in the Jets’ offensive system. With having the No. 18 pick in the draft, many suggest that Lee should still be available for the taking. Lee would bring an explosive presence and a ton of talent to the Jets.
Considered by most to be the third best receiver in the draft, Lee is even more appealing since he could also be the Jets’ main contributor for punt and kickoff returns. Talk about filling two key positions with one versatile player.
If the Jets make these kind of acquisitions and more, they’ll surely be able to pick up where they left off last season and start being mentioned with the better teams in the NFL. Drafting someone like Lee would finally give them a wide receiver they can depend on to ultimately answer all of their offensive woes and the lack of receiving touchdowns.
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