When the New York Jets drafted ArDarius Stewart it appeared that Stewart had the inside track to be one of the team’s starting receivers. After the additions of Jeremy Kerley and Jermaine Kearse, Stewart’s opportunity to make an impact in the passing game was limited.
With only five catches for 36 yards, it would be easy to give Stewart a failing grade in terms of his impact of a receiver. However, his saving grace has been his role at the Jets kick returner.
As a kick returner Stewart is averaging over 19 yards per return and has seen his role in this position increase in recent weeks.
This grade could change by the end of the season with Jeremy Kerley now serving a four game suspension. Stewart not only could get more opportunities in the return game, but now has a chance to fill the role of slot receiver with the Jets losing Kerley.