Wide receiver Martavis Bryant is an absolutely brilliant athlete. He has tremendous speed, great football instincts and an ability to be ruthless in the red zone. The New York Jets have a dire need to add at least one or two speedy play-making wide receivers via the 2014 NFL Draft. Bryant fits the mold of what the Jets need if they are to succeed this season in the AFC East. Another great stat that makes Bryant so versatile is his ability to make big plays after the catch. The Jets need a player who can make things happen after the catch since they plan to have a more dedicated ground-and-pound style of offense this upcoming season.
To execute an offense that will primarily run on the ground, a simplified passing playbook must be in place for it all to come together. It’ll mean more short passes, a few deep passes and a focus on having wide receivers make plays the moment they have the football in their hands. Bryant would complement WR Eric Decker very well in this category and also help WR Jeremy Kerley be able to get open more often. Both Kerley and Bryant would be dangerous on the sides considering their incredible speed off the line of scrimmage.
The only downside on Bryant is the “unknown”. Keep in mind he played behind guys like Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins, so he’s been under the radar. He hasn’t had much playing time, but when he’s gotten opportunities, he capitalizes on them. Once he gets more coaching around running all kinds of different routes to enable him to expand his arsenal, Bryant could be the next big thing, especially on the Jets.
It would also benefit him to add some weight since he’s just 211 pounds. If he were to bulk up under a weight training regimen, he would also be able to plow through defensive players like there was no tomorrow. That’s something the Jets haven’t had since the days WR Keyshawn Johnson was asking to get the (expletive) ball.