After losing Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker this offseason, the Jets’ receiving corps looked depleted.
Sure, Marshall underperformed in 2016 and Decker was hurt for most of the year anyway, but in 2015 the two combined for 26 touchdowns and over 2,500 yards. Any time you take production like that away from a team, you’re sure to feel the blow.
That being said, don’t be so quick to count out this current group of Jets receivers just yet.
Quincy Enunwa is coming off a breakout 2016 campaign that saw him pull in 58 catches for 857 yards and 4 TD’s as a unique WR/TE hybrid. Standing at 6’2″, 225lbs, Enunwa is an exceptional blocker and has been great in space after the catch. He’s only 25 years old and will have an opportunity to be the Jets number one receiver this year. Don’t be surprised if he ends up over the 1000 yard mark for the first time in his career.
Robby Anderson opened eyes with flashes of being a serious deep ball threat last year. The undrafted free agent out of Temple seemed to be at his best when gunslinger Bryce Petty was temporarily at the helm. Anderson’s only two TD’s on the season came from 40-yard bombs courtesy of Petty’s cannon against the Colts and Dolphins.
Overall, Anderson finished with 587 yards to go along with the two touchdowns, but only started eight games. While it doesn’t seem like Bryce Petty will be the starting quarterback, Anderson will at least have an opportunity to start every game in his second season, probably in the slot.
The mystery of this WR group comes in the form of the third starter. As of now, it seems like it will be Charone Peake. But that is far from set in stone. This year’s draft saw the Jets take Ardarius Stewart from Alabama in the third round, who will hope to compete with Peake for playing time.
As of now, Stewart is recovering from two surgeries, but all indications point to him being ready for training camp in late July. Stewart carries a lot of upside and while he may not make as big of an impact as a rookie, he could end up being a solid starter in the future.
Peake seemed to get buried in the depth chart last year, starting just one game and catching just 19 balls the whole season. It will be interesting to see what he can do now that he’ll have many more opportunities to be on the field. We’ve seen plenty of talented Clemson wide receivers light up this league, and Peake, who had six grabs for 99 yards in the 2015 National Championship game against Bama, has a chance to surprise many.