The New York Jets selected three wide receivers, Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, and Quincy Enunwa in the 2014 NFL Draft. New York passed up on receivers such as Brandin Cooks, Marqise Lee and Kelvin Benjamin in the first round. Their plan was to go for depth at the receiving position instead of gunning for a top receiver.
Their first-round pick in safety Calvin Pryor has proved to be worthy of the pick and is shaping up to become a superstar. Their second0round pick, tight end Jace Amaro, is looking decent at best, going through lots of growing pains this past preseason.
Saunders has showed some sparks in camp until being hospitalized this past weekend due to a car accident. Enunwa was injured for the first part of training camp but then showed very little once he was able to play. Evans sustained a shoulder injury early in camp and as of now looks like he may be out for the year.
In my opinion, New York struck out again in bringing in a weapon via the draft. I know injuries plagued the trio, but to be frank none of them really stood out to break the top four in the depth chart behind Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, which isn’t that hard considering the receivers behind them. David Nelson is a solid receiver, but he isn’t the breakout receiver New York is looking for. They thought they found that in Stephen Hill, but he has been nothing but a disappointment so far.
It’s disappointing. Saunders, Evans and Enunwa all have talent, but due to injuries and such, none of them have broken out as a weapon and someone that New York should give a real serious look. Saunders as of now is the punt returner, but I’d much rather see him in the slot or on the outside in certain packages.
New York’s receiving corps definitely improved from last year due to additions such as Decker and Jacoby Ford, but other than that, it’s pretty much the same guys who were there last year. Unfortunately, New York had a plan that so far hasn’t worked out for them.