New York Jets five biggest positional needs this offseason

Le'Veon Bell, Alex Lewis, New York Jets. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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2. Wide Receiver

Depending on whether Robby Anderson is resigned or not will determine how the New York Jets should attack the wide receiver position. If Anderson leaves, then the Jets will have to probably sign a WR in free agency and draft another in the opening rounds. Should Anderson decide to stay, then Gang Green has the option of either signing a free agent or drafting a rookie like Jerry Jeudy.

Hopefully, the Jets can resign Robby because, as I mentioned in my previous article, he is a solid WR2 with elite speed. His ability to stretch the field helps open up the offense and gives the Jets the ability to make big plays. While his route running and catching ability on 50/50 passes is still not as efficient as the Jets would like, he has made progress over the years.

Ideally, the Jets would resign Robby and draft Jeudy (if he falls that far in the draft). The main reason being is that the Jets should not have to pay a substantial amount of money for so many wide receivers.  Jamison Crowder earns an average of $9.5 million a year (3-year deal), while Quincy Enunwa is averaging $9 million a year. That’s lots of money tied up at wide receiver (and skill positions in general).

I am also a fan of Jeudy because his route running is considered to be advanced, which is something that is needed on the Jets. He has the quickness and hips to help change direction on a dime, allowing him to separate from his defenders. Lastly, he has a great quick step for short routes and good speed to keep defenders off-balance.

Whether or not Anderson stays with the team, the Jets still need to upgrade their wide receiver core. With the Jets lacking a true WR1 and Enunwa missing two seasons in a row with his neck injury, some moves at the receiver position are necessary.